Category: Healthcare

4 Questions to Ask Your EHR Data Conversion Vendor

Health systems and medical practices often spend months researching, qualifying, selecting, and implementing an EHR/EMR software. Each system and practice has specific requirements. However, even after the work of selecting the best EHR software for your team, you still face the challenge of how to import legacy data into your new EHR. To accomplish this, data from the old system must be extracted, transformed to fit the new system requirements and loaded into the new system, under a process commonly referred to as Extract, Transform, Load (ETL).

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4 Questions to Ask Your EHR Data Conversion Vendor

3 Steps To Prepare for OCR HIPAA Audits

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced its intention to begin its second round of HIPAA audits. Slated to begin in 2016, the initiative will include both on-site and desk audits and will focus on areas of poor compliance found in initial audits. Audits will cover hospitals, healthcare providers, health plans and businesses. This round of compliance audits will include 200-300 limited scope desk audits to create a sample base of covered entities to ensure HIPAA Privacy, Security & Breach Notification Rules compliance.

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What Are EHR Data Architects?

At Keystone Technologies we have developed a failsafe approach to extract data out of a system, transform it, and load it into a new system without ever touching a single patient record.

With have more than 50 cumulative years of data conversion experience to support our clients, we have had tremendous practice in numerous different systems. However, we must remember that “it is the expertise in the Data Conversion PROCESS, not experience in a specific SYSTEM that leads to a successful Data Conversion.” Read More

HITECH: Where we are now

In 2009, the Health Information Technology of Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) act was signed into law. Six years later, we find organizations still struggling to achieve compliance. Why are healthcare organizations still unable to attest to meaningful use, HIPAA compliance, and the many other regulatory compliance standards? We dug in to find out where the current state of the healthcare industry stands on the HITECH act and what we see for the future.

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Meaningful Use & Interoperability Roadmap Changes: How They Might Affect You

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released final regulations and plans that will affect Keystone IT clients who are attesting for Meaningful Use and the healthcare industry as a whole. CMS published the Meaningful Use 2015-2017 Modifications/Stage 3 Rule, and ONC released the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap.

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Keystone IT Calls for Meaningful Use Changes

This September, the American Medical Association (AMA) joined with 41 medical societies to urge Congress and the administration to pause the final stages of the federal government’s Meaningful Use program. The coalition of physician groups believes that moving forward with the Meaningful Use program as it currently stands would undermine the implementation of Medicare payment reforms. The call for a delay from this coalition is just the latest in a growing number of experts who are calling for a substantive change in the implementation of Meaningful Use.

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