Pennsylvania to tax use of the 'cloud'; California releases free HIPAA toolkit;

>The state of Pennsylvania has issued a ruling indicating that in-state users of cloud software over the Internet can be subject to a sales or use tax. Eighteen other states already impose a similar tax on remotely accessed software. Article

> The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, which has been grading hospital progress in implementing electronic health records, has expanded its eight-stage adoption model for grading systems to ambulatory EHRs. According to HIMSS, almost half of such practices using EHRs are still at the lowest stage, Stage 0; none have reached the highest stage, Stage 7 yet. Announcement

>The California Health and Human Services Agency's Office of Health Information Integrity has released a free, online HIPAA security rule tool kit to enable users to conduct a basic risk assessment of their health IT systems. Conducting such risk assessments is a requirement not only of HIPAA but also of the Meaningful Use incentive program. Announcement

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