Meaningful Use Audit Costs, Email and HIPAA, and OpenEMR

Reports like this one and others are what scare many organizations when it comes to meaningful use. Reminds me of the post I did about EHR penalties after Meaningful Use failure. These crazy meaningful use audit experiences should scare many people. If you’ve attested to meaningful use you should read the article above to learn more about the MU audit process. I expect many aren’t ready. The article does make the auditors sound like they don’t know what they’re doing. That’s the worst thing in an audit.

I assume that 9/23 is a HIPAA Omnibus date. I bet there’s a lot of PHI going over email right now that shouldn’t be. It could be a big issue if the institution hasn’t gotten it under control.

I love open source, so I’m always glad to hear about good progress from the open source EMR community. OpenEMR has long been a leader in that area when it comes to ambulatory EMR.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

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