While the newly unveiled HIPAA omnibus rule, announced Thursday afternoon by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services represents a win for patient privacy protection, executing the new rules will present a multitude of challenges, FierceHealthIT Editorial Advisory Board members say.
Just as Hurricane Irene left many hospital IT departments scrambling in the wake of power outages in August 2011, Hurricane Sandy likely will have a similar impact on hospitals up and down the East Coast. FierceHealthIT asked several members of its new Fierce Editorial Avisory Board about how they prepare for natural disasters.
As comments on the proposed requirements for Meaningful Use Stage 2 pour in, debate around the patient engagement requirement is heating up. For example, in a recent column posted to The Health Care