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30 Apr 2015 

Achieving HIPAA Compliance For Stage 2 Meaningful Use

Stage 2, the current phase of Meaningful use, is focused towards the accessibility of their medical records afforded to patients. This goes hand in hand with maintaining the information in a secure and safe way, in a manner prescribed by the HIPAA rules and regulations. For example, Stage 2 attestation entails that the medical professional throws in educational information when they meet and discuss with a patient, so as to improve the overall quality of healthcare. Such measures can be easily implemented and regulated with the use of HIPAA compliance software. This can ensure that attainment of the major objectives which fall under the Stage 2 requirements.


Maintaining Electronic Health Records 


One of the major concerns under the currently applicable HIPAA guidelines is the increased accessibility of patient information by patients themselves. Electronic patient health information, or ePHI, is the one sure way to bring this about. Meaningful Use Stage 2 requires those organizations which attested to Stage 1, to meet a more specific set of requirements this time over. Doing this qualifies them to receive incentives. The new requirements include that more information be submitted electronically, in order to attest to a change in the patient information management.


Organizations can get incentives under the Meaningful Use Stage 2, by doing the following. 


 

  • Shift focus from traditional paper documentation, to electronic information recording. 

  • Making electronic health information available to patients in a short time after it is requested. 

  • Educating patients on their healthcare status and submitting said information with federal and state health organizations.

 


Educational and Statistical Information 


HIPAA compliance software is a requirement for practices looking for Meaningful Use Stage 2 eligibility. It allows organizations to prove their compliance with Stage 2, as long as the software in use is also compliant. Stage 2 requires physicians and other healthcare providers to keep patients in the know how about their treatment. The upcoming Stage 3 will stress on this point even more heavily, with patient education playing a vital role by the time it sets in. 


Essentially, these patients should be made able to download or view their health records, making it easier for them to find treatment anywhere in the country.


Hospitals need to make sure that they observe the guidelines set in place for attesting to stage 2. HIPAA compliance software is a major step towards this, which can help organizations reach the required compliance level with minimal upsetting of their existent practice methods.

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