Re: Meaningful Use EHR Audits
Good points, @tekedge. As you say, government and financial institutions frequently conduct audits (both mandatory and internal) to review monetary information. Few would argue that anything related to healthcare is more important than financial information. And in the case of Meaningful Use, it's related to both healthcare and money, since CMS is reviewing whether those funds were used appropriately. Whenever the government gives sizable amounts of taxpayer money, as a taxpayer I'm glad when it checks to ensure those monies were not misspent. The same thinking certainly applies here.
It's wise for healthcare organizations to be in an "audit mode," anyway. Given the increase in security breaches in this industry and the anticipated uptick in attacks on healthcare organizations and records, savvy healthcare orgs are making security audits part of their standard operating procedure.