Healthcare


Maintaining Compliance with HIPAA, JCAHO and HL7 Standards

The Healthcare industry is broad and widespread. It encompasses healthcare facilities and the professionals who make those facilities "come alive." Healthcare professionals can be classified as both curative and palliative medical professionals and even health plans, health care clearinghouses and the products used to provide healthcare related services can be housed under the "healthcare umbrella."

Healthcare professionals and healthcare institutions are concerned with providing an environment that is most conducive to the healing or comfort of outbound or inbound patients. These professionals and institutions also strive to maintain a state of complete compliance with governmental regulations or to gain and maintain accreditations that help to streamline best practice and safe practice within the healthcare industry. These regulations and association standards include HIPAA federal regulations, JCAHO standards and HL7 standards.

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MasterControl Automates Compliance

HIPAA regulations and JCAHO and HL7 guidelines can be met efficiently and automatically with MasterControl's web-based, centralized document control, training, audit control and business process management software. MasterControl systems streamline compliance with essential regulations and standards and simultaneously streamline business processes including accounting, HR, and nonconformance management.

HIPAA

Under Federal regulation 45 CFR Part 160 and 164 the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) Privacy Rule delineates standards designed to protect patients' electronic medical records and ensure that those records are inaccessible to unauthorized individuals.

MasterControl provides MasterControl Documents™, MasterControl Training™, and the MasterControl Business Process Library™ management software in one, centralized web-based system that allows healthcare organizations to protect documentation with high levels of security, to collaborate on document edits and to route and approve documentation automatically. The system also provides complete document version control and reporting features and automatically triggers appropriate online training courses when an essential document is edited or when a HIPAA related training course has been scheduled. MasterControl also helps manage the forms and processes for all company departments including accounting, HR, legal, etc.

JCAHO

JCAHO or the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations is a non-profit organization that accredits specified Healthcare organizations according to specified standards, policies and requirements. The Joint Commission improves healthcare environments by evaluating complaints from patients and other public persons as well as from the healthcare organizations themselves or governmental entities.

The official JCAHO website (http://www.jointcommission.org) provides details regarding all of the following JCAHO certifications:

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Behavioral Health Care
  • Critical Access Hospitals
  • Disease-Specific Care
  • Health Care Staffing Services
  • Home Care
  • Hospitals
  • Laboratories
  • Long Term Care
  • Office-Based Surgery Practices

A few areas in which JCAHO provides requirements include the following:

  • Emergency Management
  • Disaster Plans
  • Life Support Equipment Maintenance
  • "Sensitive Areas" in Healthcare Environments
  • Life Support Equipment Maintenance
  • Risk Assessment
  • Multiple Management Plans
  • Hazardous Waste Handling
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
  • Etc.

MasterControl Helps Achieve JCAHO Certification

MasterControl can help any organization achieve JCAHO accreditation quickly and continue to maintain that accreditation by providing complete document control (collaboration, version controls, reporting, etc.), training management, internal and external audit controls and business process management solutions.

HL7

HL7 or Health Level Seven International is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing standards that guide the exchange, sharing, integration and retrieval of health information that is stored or routed electronically. Many of the members of HL7 (approximately 500) actually represent the information systems organizations and vendors that serve the healthcare industry.

If you've ever heard of the ISO Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) standards then you might have guessed already that the "L7" in the name HL7 refers to level 7 (the application layer) of a network. You might have also noticed other descriptive text that describes HL7 standards as "health informatics standards."

MasterControl Streamlines Compliance with HL7

MasterControl can help organizations that wish to meet all HL7 standards do so "with flying colors." MasterControl software controls documentation (e.g, securities, automated routing, collaboration, version controls, reporting, etc.) as well as training management, audit control and business process management.