One of the misconceptions about HIPAA compliance that might hurt your practice as you try to develop and stay ready is the idea that all solutions are all-encompassing and equally valid.
To counter this, your practice will need to do serious research to try and find the answer to a decreased chance of HIPAA violations.
In a recent list compiled by HealthDataManagement, this seemed to be a consistent thread through lots of persistent "myths" within the healthcare industry about the proper process of instituting Electronic Medical Records and the risk analyses that have to be undertaken.
As the numerous entries on this list point out, an analysis of security risk needs to be performed regularly, and more than once.
The records solutions need to be found so that the system you have is at its best, as dictated by your state of readiness beforehand.
An article in the Houston Chronicle recently quoted a member of the Texas Medical Association Practice Council, Dr. Joseph Schneider, on the need for better standards when it comes to managing records along this front.
"If we could somehow organize to say this is the way databases need to work, so that we can have this data exchangeability, then we'll have competition on the presentation layer and the workflow," he said.
That's one way that you might be able to increase the chance that your company has access to the right level of records coordination that it requires: by endeavoring to connect with other facilities and increase the flow of important information. In the run-up to the HIPAA compliance audit and some of the other possible government investigations that might come up later.