First Advisor

Lindoo, Ed

Second Advisor

Plantz-Masters, Shari

Third Advisor

Birkenheuer, Nancy

College

College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Systems Engineering

School

School of Computer & Information Science

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

92 pages

Abstract

Over the past decade, healthcare organizations have been subjected to many federally mandated statutes to comply with. Three of the biggest statutes over the last decade are the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Red Flag Rules, and the Health Information Technology for Clinical Health (HITECH). These mandates deal directly with the security of electronic patient information. To date, many entities have provided estimations of cost of compliance. Some have provided quantitative models to calculate the return of IT investments. Very few have attempted to look retrospectively and determine the level of and barriers to compliance. This quantitative study used a similar study as the framework to build upon. The study in part used survey questions from Mhamed Zineddine's doctoral dissertation titled, “Compliance of the healthcare industry with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act security regulations in the Washington State: A quantitative study two years after mandatory compliance." The survey asked hospital Information Technology directors and managers questions to look at the level of compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act standards. Additionally, the survey asked questions to determine the impact on a health care organization when attempting to comply with multiple government mandates simultaneously. The analysis is an attempt to answer the question “Is Healthcare IT over regulated."

Date of Award

Spring 2011

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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