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Health Care Industry Leaders Agree, Electronic Health Records are Coming, Says URAC
Date:4/28/2009

ire an ongoing compliance program that identifies, tracks and makes the necessary changes in response to a federal or state regulatory change.

"HIPAA compliance is one of the great challenges facing health care organizations," said Christine Leyden, RN, MSN senior vice president, and chief accreditation officer for URAC. "The Obama Administration's push for EHR is a positive step for patient safety efforts, but may further complicate HIPAA compliance standards. We have to ensure that clear standards for electronic health records are in place so that consumers' most confidential information is kept secure before EHRs are widely adopted. Trying to set standards once programs have been rolled out may contribute to non-compliance and resistance by both consumers and health care providers to use EHRs."

To date more than 22 companies have received or are in process for URAC HIPAA accreditation including military contractors, government contractors, and health care providers such as Humana Military Healthcare Services, Health Net Federal Services, AMERIGROUP Corporation, Shared Health, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana.

"President Obama's recent announcement that he wants to make electronic records a cornerstone of his national health care reform will likely accelerate the development of EHR systems," said Mr. Spielman. "While this push creates huge opportunities to take bold steps in improving the U.S. health care system, we need to move forward carefully so
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