Health Data Management's online Quick Poll is not a scientific survey, but is a nice snapshot of the views of HDM readers.

And the snapshot from the latest poll finds deep skepticism that the forthcoming final omnibus HIPAA rule amending the privacy, security, breach notification and enforcement rules is necessary.

A full 55 percent of respondents agreed the new rule is unnecessary because patient data already is adequately protected under the existing rules. Only 25 percent of respondents believe the omnibus rule is a necessary strengthening of protections for patient data, while 20 percent say it is necessary but four rules in one package will make it too confusing and unworkable.

HDM's new poll asks about the Office of the National Coordinator's plan to soon start testing the use of metadata in electronic health records. To vote, go to healthdatamanagement.com and scroll down the left column for the poll.

 

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