Steve Spearman

Debating HITECH’s Influence on EHR Use

By Steve Spearman. Earlier this summer, the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) published a paper titled Impact of the HITECH act on physicians’ adoption of electronic health records, that analyzed how well HITECH has incentivized doctors to make the leap into EHR.

HIPAA Q&A on Risk Analysis

By Steve Spearman – Performing a risk analysis is the cornerstone of HIPAA compliance, so it’s important to understand the regulations that require risk analysis, as well as how to conform to these rules. This week’s Q&A with Steve Spearman, focuses on understanding the essentials of risk analysis.

Colorado Medicaid Mails PHI to Wrong Addresses

By Steve Spearman – This past summer, the state of Colorado’s Medicaid program, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), accidentally sent letters containing PHI to the wrong addresses, affecting individuals from 1,069 households.

In Defense of Dirty Data in Healthcare

By Steve Spearman – Conventional wisdom says that you’re trying to work with a patient’s health care analytics, you’ve got to use “clean data”. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, “clean data” is personal data your patient has generated on social media, but with all of the irrelevant or contradicting data removed in an attempt to make get the most accurate health information possible.