Change and Configuration Management for Healthcare: Automating IT Change Controls to Support EMR Projects
HITECH Act Provides Opportunity
As healthcare providers move to adopt or expand Electronic Medical Record (EMR) technology within their organization, it becomes apparent that for many organizations, the lack of adequate financial funding is the major barrier to fully implementing. The HITECH Act of 2009 helps healthcare providers break down this barrier by providing the opportunity to receive significant financial incentives to adopt EMR systems or complete EMR projects.
In addition to providing financial incentive, the HITECH Act also significantly extended the scope of IT security including mandatory data breach notifications, heightened enforcement, increased penalties, and expanded patient rights. This means that it is even more vital for organizations to establish IT controls to mange changes, ensure availability of systems, and meet the increasing demands of regulations and standards.
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