Simplifying Administrative Procedures in Healthcare Organizations
Interoperability, by definition, describes the extent to which systems can exchange and interpret shared data. These communication breakdowns can be something as simple as a Windows computer communicating with a Macintosh, or an iPhone trying to receive data from a cloud based solution, but on the healthcare side, it is turning out to be a much more complex solution.
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was created in 2009 and was enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The act promotes the adoption and use of health information technology in the United States. The HITECH Act addresses the privacy and security concerns associated with the electronic transmission of health information.
HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which was legislation in the United States set forth to implement safeguards for medical records and other identifiable health information. The federal statue is focused on protecting patients’ medical records provided to doctors, hospitals and other health care providers. HIPAA regulations extend to all healthcare organizations, from doctors and clinics, to health insurance companies and clearinghouses.
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