Patient’s medical information is electronically transmitted in many ways today. Information is exchanged for treatment purposes, payment for treatment, and to improve the quality of care within healthcare organizations. In this new age of health information exchange, what are the privacy and security concerns that providers and patients should be concerned about?
Lynne Shoemaker, RHIA, CHP, CHC has over 25 years of experience in health information management with expertise in state and federal healthcare legal compliance, health information privacy and security of e-PHI, Health Information Exchange (HIE), Federal contractor and grant requirements and disaster recovery preparedness. She is an AHIMA credentialed professional who is Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) by the Health Care Compliance Association, and she has been certified by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) as a HIT-Pro-Trainer.
Lynne is the Integrity Officer at OCHIN, Inc., headquartered in Portland, Oregon. OCHIN, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest non-profit health information and technology Organized Healthcare Arrangements (OCHA) networks, recognized for its innovative use of Health IT to improve the integration and delivery of health care services for safety net clinics, county health departments, mental health services, school based health centers, small practices, critical access and rural hospitals in 12 States. OCHIN, Inc. also has a division of the company called O-HITEC, which is the Oregon Regional Extension Service (REC).
Lynne is responsible for the day-to-day compliance related activities of OCHIN, Inc. and she has been involved in several HIE projects, including the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Disability Determination pilot project HIE. SSA is now implementing this HIE on a national basis. The SSA HIE is a part of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NWHIN).