Tag: electronic medical records

AMA Call for Electronic Health Record Systems Improvements

On September 16, the American Medical Association (AMA) released a new framework intended to improve the development and integration of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. While the AMA recognizes the potential value of EHRs, it notes that adoption and effective use has been slow due, in large part, to poor optimization […]

OIG Report Shines Light on Vulnerabilities in EHRs

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General (the “OIG”) recently released a report regarding how electronic health records (“EHRs”) may contribute to health care fraud, entitled “CMS and Its Contractors Have Adopted Few Program Integrity Practices to Address Vulnerabilities in EHRs” (the “Report”).  The Report describes […]

HIPAA Breach at Iowa Hospital Chain Highlights the Vulnerability of Electronic Medical Records and the Importance of Internal Audits

Another month, another HIPAA breach.  On October 2, 2013, UnityPoint Health, a large network of hospitals and clinics in Iowa and Illinois, announced that it had discovered a breach of its electronic medical records system and alerted the FBI.  The breach, in which a contractor gained access to the system over the course of […]

Pharmacist’s Snooping Leads to $1.8 Million Verdict in Indiana

On July 26, 2013, an Indiana jury awarded Abigail Hinchy $1.8 million for damages suffered as a result of a Walgreen Co. pharmacist, Audra Peterson,  impermissibly accessing and exposing her confidential medical records.  The Marion County Superior Court jury found that Peterson acted as a Walgreen employee when infringing upon Hinchy’s privacy […]

Report to Congress Shows Continuing Trend of Health IT Adoption

As our world has become increasingly paperless in recent years, the health industry has followed suit.  One illustration of this trend is the growing adoption of health IT by health care professionals, and in particular, the implementation of electronic health record (“EHR”) systems.  This transition was largely due to the […]