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"In this new HIPAA era — where you're having to report if you've had breaches — you cannot be error prone at all," says Steve O'Connor.
If you are a healthcare provider or if your organization does business with one — or if your company uses or manages protected health information (PHI) — you must comply with new requirements for the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, was designed to promote investments and processes to accelerate the conversion to electronic health record technology. As part of this act, approximately $17 billion of the $19.2 billion for incentives will go to physicians and hospitals that implement and use Health Information Technology (HIT) — if they start using this technology by 2011.
Understanding HIPAA and the new Security rule is vital if your organization uses or manages PHI. Join us as we talk with Steve O'Connor, General Manager for IT Business Management and Dan Trevino, Senior Product Marketing Manager, both with BMC Software, about HIPAA and how it affects the IT organization.
Steve O’Connor, BMC Software’s general manager for IT Business Management, is responsible for leading the organization that develops solutions to provide better transparency into IT resources, activities, financials, and regulatory compliance.
Dan Trevino, a senior product marketing manager for BMC Software, is an expert in regulatory controls and compliance. He currently drives the IT Governance, Risk, and Compliance (ITGRC) offering for BMC.
- Let's start with a little background here. Your recently wrote a BMC Industry Insight: HIPAA, Electronic Medical Records, And You. But HIPAA has been around awhile, why does it seem like there's a sudden uptick of interest in electronic health records and the surrounding regulations?
- What are some of the important changes to the security rules related to protected health information?
- What industries are affected by these new initiatives?
- How does IT fit into this picture?
- What about cloud computing? Where does HIPAA Compliance fit in with cloud computing? what are some of the key considerations?
- It all seems so complicated... is there some way to simplify compliance?
- Does ITIL play a role in this?
- Where is a good place to start?
- BMC Industry Insight: HIPAA, Electronic Medical Records, And You (pdf)
- Learn more about IT Governance, Risk and Compliance at the BMC Solutions Portal
- Become a Member of BMC Communities (free)
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