Ed­u­ca­tion needed

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

Ito­tally agree with David Blu­men­thal about the need for IT to work with clin­ics that serve mi­nori­ties (“Blu­men­thal ad­dresses dig­i­tal di­vide,” ModernHealth­care.com, Oct. 19).

As an ex­ec­u­tive at a mi­nor­ity IT health­care com­pany, I have been work­ing to help solve this prob­lem. But I found that when I reach out to these doc­tors or providers, most are un­sure or con­fused about the HIPAA and HITECH reg­u­la­tions or just don’t have the bud­get to even get a so­lu­tion started.

I think that HIPAA and HITECH should do more to help this seg­ment of the in­dus­try to un­der­stand the need for EMRs and the time frame so they don’t fall through the cracks and get fined, as many of them will if more ed­u­ca­tion about the HIPAA/HITECH reg­u­la­tions is not made sim­pler. Af­ter all, with more than 40 mil­lion unin­sured Amer­i­cans us­ing these clin­ics as their pri­mary-care so­lu­tion, we must make sure they are com­pli­ant.

Howard Lee Chief in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer Wire­head Technology


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