A Model for Health Information Privacy, Security and Compliance Preparedness

Random Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) audits due in 2015 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) are rumored to be the toughest and most extensive yet for health plans, clearinghouses, providers and their business associates.

When some healthcare organizations are making a last-minute mad dash to prepare for the audits and others are in denial,  keeping their heads down just hoping to avoid the wider net cast, there are a few shining examples of proactive and comprehensive privacy, security and compliance preparedness. The Utah Health Information Network (UHIN), a full-service clearinghouse and health information exchange (HIE), is one.

The nonprofit voluntary coalition of healthcare providers, payers, Utah state government, and other stakeholders strives to reduce healthcare costs and improve quality for the community by enabling members to exchange administrative and clinical information electronically. The Salt Lake City-based network currently serves nearly all the hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, national laboratories, insurers, and approximately 90 percent of the medical providers in Utah, as well as the Utah state government.

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