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CHICAGO, IL.—October 22, 2001—The Technology Group of Spherion® Corporation and the Center for Research in Information Management (CRIM) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (
The creation of the forum comes in response to the sweeping changes that will be taking place in the healthcare industry over the next several years. Regulatory controls are now being put forth through the passing of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). One of the purposes of this public law is to safeguard Protected Health Information and to reduce overall healthcare expenses by lowering the cost of administrative and financial transactions through the adoption of new operational, technology and electronic standards. To comply with the new operational, technology and privacy standards set forth by HIPAA, healthcare companies must implement the Electronic Standardization regulations by
"With the standardization deadline a little over a year away, companies must begin to take immediate action to ensure the proper procedural and technological implementation of new HIPAA standards," said Wayne Mincey, president of the Technology Business Solutions Group of Spherion. "By teaming with CRIM at the
A recent Gartner Group, Inc. study revealed that 85 percent of healthcare providers are not yet prepared to meet the upcoming HIPAA deadline. According to the Gartner study, 54 percent of providers have either not asked software vendors for remediation strategies or have not received a solution from those vendors. In addition, 84 percent of these companies expect these software vendors to "supply compliance" through existing maintenance contracts.
"Electronic interaction is still in the early stage of adoption in the healthcare industry. Many of the companies we have spoken to have still not taken the steps to comply with the new HIPAA standards and seem quite unaware of the enormous expense and time considerations," said Arkalgud Ramaprasad, director of CRIM at
In addition to the stakeholder research, Spherion will provide information and technology solutions for companies that desire to use external consulting support to upgrade procedures and technology. All information gathered through the e-Health surveys and stakeholder research will be presented at an annual e-Health forum and subsequently published in electronic and paper journals. The first forum is on track for a Spring 2002 launch.
The Center for Research and Information Management (CRIM), part of the
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