Most hospitals and healthcare systems say they have made great strides towards achieving compliance with the privacy regulations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, but compliance with the security rules is another matter.
Four in 10 respondents to a survey by the American Health Information Management Association indicated their operations were fully compliant with HIPAA's privacy regulations, up from 20% a year ago. Better than nine in 10 (91%) said their shops were at least 85% compliant.
"Accounting for the release of information" was the No. 1 hurdle in achieving compliance with the privacy rules, cited by 61% of respondents.
Meanwhile, the April 20 implementation deadline for the HIPAA data security portion approaches.
Just 17% of respondents to the AHIMA survey claimed complete compliance; 43% said they were 85% to 95% compliant; 26% said they were halfway there; and 12% said they had more than halfway to go.