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Privacy and Security

Passage of ARRA and HITECH brought the EHR Incentve progran and meaningful use to life. This presentation is a brief attempt to address other components surrounding the EHR Incentive program including meaningful use audits, HIPAA security risk analyses, and additional HIPAA compliance enforcement stemming from ARRA and HITECH.

BioSense 2.0

Syndromic Surveillance (SS) is a type of public health monitoring that uses medical data and statistical analysis to detect unusual activity that merits further investigation. Its primary goal is early detection of infectious diseases to reduce the risk of widespread infection. Syndromic Surveillance is a system for collecting and analyzing medical data as they are occurring, often byanalyzing patient chief complaints in EDs and other acute care settings, to detect and monitor disease outbreaks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognized the absence of standards for the Public Health Syndromic Surveillance (PHSS) EHR certification “menu” objective. The CDC BioSense Program, in collaboration with the International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS), convened a Meaningful Use (MU) workgroup of public health surveillance experts to revive the current and future MU stages. The CDC, along with guidance from local, state and federal partners, successfully redesigned the BioSense Program to BioSense 2.0, a web-based solution in the internet cloud where health officials at state and local public health agencies can monitor or assess syndromic activity within and beyond their jurisdictions.

Primary Care & Affordable Care Act

The rising deficit of primary care providers prompted the federal government to institute the Affordable Care Act, which aims to reform our current healthcare system and alleviate the shortage. The Affordable Care Act has prompted the need for educational resources and discussion regarding the changes affecting primary care providers. This presentation delves into these pertinent issues and changes.

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