HIPAA and Windows XP

So what does the end of life on XP computers mean to HIPAA compliant organizations? Next month on April 8, 2014, Microsoft will stop supplying security updates and patches for Windows XP and Office 2003. So does that mean you have to instantly replace all your computers running Windows XP? When I look at all the workstations at a Hospital, Clinic or Doctors Office I may find machines that do not access PHI. PHI is Personal Health Information or ePHI Electronic Personal Health Information is the data that HIPAA is requiring you to protect.

The AMA Wants You to Adopt an EMR

The American Medical Association (AMA) is taking an active role in persuading physicians to use information technology (IT), including electronic medical records (EMRs), in their practices—which shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that the AMA has been working with a number of leading health care IT organizations, such as the EHR Collaborative, e-Health Initiative, and the National Alliance for Health Information Technology, for some time.

Managing Change in EMR Implementation

When your medical practice makes the transition to an electronic medical record (EMR), which is inevitable, careful planning can help the change go smoothly—and careful planning, in the context of EMR implementation, can be referred to as “change management”.

Change management consists of up-front assessment and planning—but there’s much more involved than simply creating a project plan for your new IT implementation.