Melamedia Seminar Examines New Regulatory Foundation for Electronic Medical Records

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Audio Seminar Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009 - 1 pm - 2:30 pm Eastern Latest OCR Guidance Establishes HIPAA Baseline Compliance for EHRs, PHRs Healthcare faces increased pressure as Obama Administration Sets Goal of Moving to E-Records within 5 years.

New HHS guidance lays the foundation for health information exchange using electronic health records and personal health record for incoming administration initiatives.

In its most concrete effort since the publication of the HIPAA privacy rule, HHS published guidance detailing how federal medical privacy and security rules apply to electronic health record systems involved in health information exchanges.

The December guidance documents published as part of a larger federal privacy and security framework can be expected to establish the baseline for regulatory compliance with HIPAA as healthcare entities and their contractors adopt electronic patient records systems and participate in information exchanges.

In this guidance, HHS provided a foundation for the operation of electronic health record systems and what covered entities should consider in handling and sharing patient data. These regulatory expectations provide a roadmap of the issues Covered Entities need to reassess, and if necessary change their policies and practices governing protected health information.

The incoming Obama Administration has made it clear that health information technology, including EHRs, PHRs and health information exchanges, are at the forefront of their healthcare and economic reform efforts. In fact, the pace of activity will increase as the incoming administration has created the goal of making the transition to electronic medical records within five years.

This HHS guidance will play a key role in guiding those efforts, and needs to be carefully understood by any organization using or considering such technologies.

To assist healthcare organizations and their contractors, Health Information Privacy/Security Alert is sponsoring a 90-minute audio seminar:

The New Regulatory Foundation for Health Information Exchanges: EHRs, PHRs and HIPAA

Participants will be breifed on:

** Specific HHS Expectations Of HIPAA Compliance For EHR Systems;
** A Renewed Need To Assess And Amend Notices Of Privacy Practices;
** Where The HIPAA Guidance Implies New Responsibilities For Covered Entities And Business Associates;
** Integration Of PHRs Into Health Information Exchanges And Healthcare Practices;
** Relationship Of The New Guidance To Other Federal, State And Private Initiatives And Guidance;
** HIPAA Compliance Issues For Health Information Exchanges;
** New Expectations For Business Associates; and
** The Role Paper Records Will Continue To Play In Electronic Systems.

Who Should Listen

** Privacy
** Security Officers
** Senior Healthcare Executives
** HIM Professionals
** EHR & EMR Professionals
** Healthcare Payers
** Third Party Administrators
** HIPAA Business Associates
** Healthcare Providers
** Consumer Affairs Professionals
** Personal Data Collection Companies
** Researcher Administrators
** State and Federal Government Policymakers
** Healthcare Attorneys
** Healthcare Consultants

The Faculty

John Christiansen, JD. is Co-Chair of the American Bar Association's Committee on Healthcare Privacy, Security and Information Technology; a member of the technical expert advisory panel for the HHS-funded Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration; and is the principle in Christiansen IT Law. He is also a professor at the Information School of the University of Washington where he teaches Policy, Law and Ethics in the Masters of Science in Information Management Executive Program.

Dennis Melamed, editor and publisher of Health Information Privacy/Security Alert, has 30 years of experience writing about business and regulatory affairs in Washington, DC. Dennis is an adjunct professor at the Drexel College of Medicine and the chief editor and lead author of the three-volume HIPAA Handbook reference set. He is a frequent lecturer and columnist on health information confidentiality and security issues.

Continuing Education Credits

  •     All seminar participants will receive a certificate of participation
  • 1.5 IAPP Credits - Pending


An audio seminar is a live event with a Q&A period and access for an unlimited number of participants for each call-in line. Each site is provided with all presentation and background materials and a toll-free number to participate.

Ordering Information

  •     Registration with CD recording of event and all background materials: $349
  • Registration alone with all background materials: $275

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