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Editor's e-Note
A security risk analysis is always a good idea but even more so now that it’s tied to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System.

In this month’s exclusive, learn how physician groups can handle their security endeavors adeptly.

Lee DeOrio, editor
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Security Risk Analysis — How Physician Groups Can Meet HIPAA Compliance
By Kelly Benson and Arielle Van Peursem

The HIPAA Security Rule states that a security risk analysis (SRA) must be conducted regularly in the most appropriate way to achieve compliance, considering the characteristics of the organization and its environment. Even though this does not explicitly say “annually,” experts recommend performance of an SRA each year, at a minimum, mainly due to the rise in security concerns and threats during the past two years. This can be especially challenging for hospitals, physician practices, and medical groups.

The sole purpose of completing an SRA is not to check a box for the federal government, but rather to identify risks and vulnerabilities related to inappropriate access to protected health information. An SRA is also required due to a security incident, a change in ownership, turnover in key staff or management, and plans to incorporate new technology. Most organizations have experienced one or more of these occurrences in the past year. When you pair that reality with the increase in ransomware/phishing attacks that plague health care, completing an annual SRA should be your best practice for the privacy and security of patient information.

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Other News
Cybersecurity Concerns Grow in Hospitals Across Maryland
Ransomware attacks and other cybersecurity threats are a growing concern, with seven breaches in Maryland under investigation from this year alone, reports The Star Democrat.

Two NJ Printing Companies Fined for HIPAA Violations, PHI Exposure
Two New Jersey–based printing companies agreed to pay a fine due to a printing error that exposed protected health information, according to HealthITSecurity.
Products & Services
Identity Management Platform Now Fits With Epic
LexisNexis Risk Solutions’ LexisNexis Healthcare Identity Management platform is available through the Epic App Orchard, a marketplace for applications integrated with the Epic EHR. Any health system or health care provider using Epic can directly access this identity and access management solution via the App Orchard. The platform also supports providers who deliver services to native Spanish-speaking patients. LexisNexis Healthcare Identity Management offers identity verification and authentication services for health care organizations that are onboarding new patients to their health care portal. The platform provides better, low-friction access to account information while bolstering data security. It does this by validating in real time whether the combination of attributes being used to open an account, such as name, address, phone number and/or date of birth, belong together and to an existing identity, and whether the patient requesting access is the owner of that identity. That identity is instantly verified and authenticated against a robust collection of identity data, providing an unmatched level of authentication and fraud prevention during new account openings. LexisNexis Healthcare Identity Management links billions of public and proprietary records from thousands of data sources, allowing providers to instantly verify and connect almost every US adult consumer identity, including the more than 40 million unbanked individuals. Learn more »

HL7 Launches Helios FHIR Accelerator for Public Health
A new initiative launched by Health Level Seven International (HL7) and jointly supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology seeks to use widely recognized data exchange standards to help advance public health. The effort, called Helios, intends to strengthen the capacity and streamline data sharing across all levels of public health using the HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability (FHIR) standard. The initiative is the latest to use HL7’s FHIR Accelerator program, which seeks to speed the development and availability of FHIR to deliver better data that leads to better health outcomes. The Helios alliance represents an ambitious new use of the FHIR Accelerator Program, pulling together a diverse group of state, tribal, local, territorial, and federal public health agencies, private and philanthropic sector partners, and other groups interested in the equitable and effective use of data for the advancement of public health. As the FHIR standard matures, there is a clear path to utilize FHIR and other existing standards to execute the interoperable exchange of data for public health. Helios members will help demonstrate the utility of FHIR and ensure public health needs are at the forefront as FHIR-based implementations evolve and rollout nationwide. Organizers of Helios are encouraging other entities to participate in the effort. Learn more »

Clinect Healthcare Announces Patient Engagement Interface With Modernizing Medicine
Clinect Healthcare, a patient engagement platform measuring patient reported outcomes (PROs) and patient experience, announces a new interface partnership with Modernizing Medicine. With this collaboration, Clinect seamlessly interfaces with more practices using Modernizing Medicine’s EHR system and practice management system to allow for an integrated, automated outreach to patients for patient satisfaction surveys and PRO measures. As a patient experience platform, Clinect Healthcare carefully shapes the patient journey, illuminating crucial areas where health care organizations need to act on patient feedback. 100% web-based, the data gleaned from these interactions can be accessed by medical teams 24/7 through easy-to-understand dashboards and via the Modernizing Medicine platform. Key benefits of this integration include automated cadences and on-demand delivery order of PRO measures—Clinect manages the entire process both automatically, as well as offering an “ordering” capability to administer PROs to patients by instantly sending to a patient device or in-house tablet; surveying your patients with custom questions while managing all aspects of your online reputation in real time; meeting payer and regulatory requirements with the collection, scoring, and export of data; and monitoring remote patient progress, ensuring patient compliance and providing constant touchpoints throughout the patient journey. Whether in the practice or at home, patients provide critical feedback to ensure they are on track with their care plan. Learn more about Clinect Healthcare and Modernizing Medicine.
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Industry Insight
Insiteflow Raises $2.3M to Accelerate EHR Workflow Interoperability

Insiteflow, Inc—a platform for EHR workflow interoperability—announces $2.3 million in financing led by Silverton Partners with participation from Congress Ave Ventures, Alumni Ventures, and Service Provider Capital.

The funding will accelerate the expansion of its customer base and proprietary cloud-based platform.

“Clinicians do not have time to leave their EHRs to access and use the constantly expanding set of external, third-party health care analytics, guidelines, and other solutions. This often leads to missed opportunities to improve care, quality, and revenue,” says Insiteflow CEO Anthony Gerardi. “By bringing critical data-driven recommendations from third-party solutions into their EHRs, Insiteflow empowers clinicians with the workflow they need to efficiently improve outcomes.”

This type of integrated, automated EHR workflow drives physician utilization of these external, third-party solutions. Starting with the first month of deployment, more than 80% of physicians use this EHR workflow to implement data-driven recommendations, clinical decision support, and other best practices from external solutions.

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