InfoGard Laboratories Approved to Certify EHR

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  September 20, 2010, San Luis Obispo, California. InfoGard Laboratories, the nation’s first accredited IT security testing laboratory, is approved by the Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT as an ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) for the certification of Complete EHRs and EHR Modules for both ambulatory and inpatient settings. Eligible professionals and hospitals may collect incentive payments through meaningful use of EHR technology capable of meeting the criteria to support meaningful use under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Continue reading: InfoGard Laboratories Approved to Certify EHR

HITECH Act Brings High Price for Privacy Breach: Are Healthcare Organizations Ready for Health IT Security Demands?

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The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which was enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, significantly increased the HHS Secretary’s authority to impose higher monetary penalties for HIPAA violations occurring after Feb. 18, 2009. 

Prior to the HITECH Act, the HHS Secretary could not impose a penalty of more than $100 for each violation or $25,000 for all identical violations of the same provision. A covered health care provider, health plan or clearinghouse could also bar the Secretary’s imposition of a civil money penalty by demonstrating that it was unaware that it violated the HIPAA rules. 

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