Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013
Summit to examine health data exchange Oct. 30-31
A national summit Oct. 30-31 in Washington, D.C., will take a multifaceted look at electronic health information exchange and its impact on patient care. Steven J. Stack, MD, immediate-past chair of the AMA Board of Trustees, will provide the opening keynote address.
Sponsored by the eHealth Initiative, the 2013 Health Data Exchange & Interoperability Summit will bring together national health information exchange experts, health technology vendors, health systems, physicians, government officials, payers and other industry leaders to discuss exchanging health care data across the continuum of care in a way that drives higher quality.
Among the topics to be explored are:
- Interoperability and standards for health information exchange
- Breaking down silos in exchanging data
- Data sharing to improve population and public health
- Protecting patients' rights
- Best practices
Get compliant: HIPAA deadline was Sept. 23
If you're practice isn't completely compliant with the new revisions to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security rules, a toolkit from the AMA can help you quickly get up to speed. The compliance deadline was Sept. 23.
Turn to this free toolkit for practical resources to comply with the updated HIPAA requirements. The toolkit includes:
- A physician primer that provides an easy-to-understand breakdown of the revised rules to help physicians review and update their existing HIPAA policies and procedures
- A template business associate agreement and a notice of privacy practices that are ready for adoption in the practice
- A HIPAA security resource that explains how to encrypt patient data
Among the key changes doctors must make are new agreements with business associates that handle patient data and privacy notices to share with patients and increased security measures for patient information.
This toolkit is available free of charge. Physicians also can find additional HIPAA products available for purchase through the AMA Store. AMA members receive a 25 percent discount.