Our counseling unit is looking at Electronic Health Record software.
This is our first real foray into this technology and I'm trying to get
ahead of the curve on this initiative. While they're not asking for the
ability to exchange records with anyone right now, I expect to have that
request in the near future, even if only with internal
healthcare-related units. I have a few questions for those of you who
may already use these:
1) How does the intersection of FERPA and HIPPA affect EHR's? I'm aware
the FERPA trumps HIPPA in situations where both may apply, but then how
would FERPA affect exchanging such records internally or with external
2) As a practical matter, how is secure exchange of EHR's performed and
how often is it done?
3) What are the best resources you are aware of for getting up to speed
and staying up to date on EHR regulations and technologies?
Any input you can provide for any of these questions would be helpful.