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HIPAA Audits – It’s Real This Time, March 24, 2016

On March 21, 2016, OCR announced its Phase 2 Audit Program.    With the alarming increase in patient data breaches, OCR has felt intense pressure from Congress and The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to get this long delayed program underway.  Organizations subject to HIPAA need to take this development seriously, as it is a signal that they must now put their compliance programs in place. So who will be audited in the Phase 2 Program?

Digital Health Startups Must Establish Trust, March 22, 2016

Digital health startups are popping up everywhere, but to find success, these entrepreneurs should remember the value of trust, according to TechCrunch. Here are five observations: 1. Entrepreneurs should consider they are entering a sensitive industry heavily reliant on trust. Both consumers and providers practice caution when trying out new technology in healthcare. 2. To capture investors, digital health startups must demonstrate they know the market exceptionally well and prove their technology will be effective.

Certification Should Be Required, Say Sterile Processing Pros, November 6, 2015

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There’s a good chance your sterile processing staff is clamoring for more education and feels a little like Rodney Dangerfield.

A recent survey of 258 sterile processing professionals found that an astounding 99.2% believe that certification should be required for professionals in their field, with 87% saying that such a requirement would increase respect for the job they do. Currently, only 2 states — New York and New Jersey — mandate certification. They’ll be joined by Connecticut in 2016, while both Pennsylvania and Massachusetts are considering enacting such a requirement.

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