July 7-8, 2010
Terry Weaver, CEO and Chuck Wilson, President, of Wilson Technology Group, presented at the 2010 FL Health Care Association Conference at the Orlando World Center Marriott on July 7th and 8th. More than 1000 long term care professionals and 100 exhibitors attended. The program assisted the end-user in the selection, implementation, and support of an electronic health record (EHR) system. Focus was placed on understanding the total cost of ownership.
Modernizing the healthcare information technology infrastructure is a key element of President Obama’s health reform program. To help facilitate this vision, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act established programs under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide incentive payments to eligible professionals, hospitals and long term care facilities as they adopt, implement, upgrade, or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. The programs begin in 2011 and are an essential part of the federal government’s goal to provide every citizen with an EHR by 2014.
With the US economy slipping into a recession, most providers are hesitant to pour money into information technology. But done right, IT can strengthen an organization and provide a solid ROI.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA) was enacted to ensure that personal information stored, accessed or processed adheres to a set of guidelines or security rules. Terry is HIPPA trained (her certification is pending) to assist her clients in preventing data breaches. Security is as strong as a provider’s weakest link. Health care is rich in identifiable data which makes it very attractive to the criminal. In 2007, on the black market, a social security number was valued at $5, credit card #’s were valued at $4, and a bank account number sold for a whopping $400.
Terry previously owned and operated GeriCare Associates, Inc., a long-term care consulting and geriatric care management firm in South Florida. She specialized in health care administration and holds a Master’s Degree in geriatric care management. While working in health care she maintained certifications in geriatric care management and gerontology and licensure in nursing home administration. Currently, Ms. Weaver sits on the Board of Brooksville Rotary Club and received the 2010 Rotarian of the Year award.Pin It