Articles  |   May 2014
Legal Issues Related to Technology Use in Anesthesia
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Articles   |   May 2014
Legal Issues Related to Technology Use in Anesthesia
ASA Monitor 05 2014, Vol.78, 32-36.
ASA Monitor 05 2014, Vol.78, 32-36.
Advances in technology are changing how anesthesi-ologists care for patients. Electronic health records (EHRs) and mobile devices can facilitate communication among health care providers and coordination of patient care.
At the same time:
This article provides an overview of these areas and focuses primarily on the legal risks associated with implementation of EHRs, use of mobile devices to record and transmit patient information, and so-called “cloud” storage of patient and/or billing information.
A. Brief Overview. By now, anesthesiologists are familiar with their obligations under HIPAA to protect the privacy and security of patient PHI, to limit uses and disclosures of PHI to the minimum extent necessary, and to obtain commitments from their business associates (BAs) to protect the confidentiality and security of any PHI they receive from the anesthesiology practice.
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