Challenges and Risks Associated with Disclosure of Health Information in an EHR World

While at AHIMA 2012, I had a chance to sit down and talk with Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, SSGB, Sr. VP of HIM and Privacy Officer at HealthPort to talk about some of the challenges and risks associated with the disclosure of health information in this new world of EHR software. In this video, Rita talks about some challenges with EHR software disclosures that I bet a lot of people haven’t thought about before.

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John Lynn

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  • Not much new here – identifying the patient/customer is a typical problem for any business with many customers. e.g. Utility companies with 250,000+ customers, show a far lower error rate that 2%. 2% is horrendous in the high rick arena of health!

    A meaningful ID number is crucial. In Australia we use a Medicare number, in the US context, surely you would use a Social Security ID number?

  • Simon,
    I thought the 2% number was quite interesting.

    Actually in the US they are going away from using social, because it’s so tied to your entire financial life. So, it’s a hodge podge mess right now!

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