Analytics is the systematic use of data and related business insights developed through applied analytical disciplines (e.g. statistical, contexual, quantitative, predictive, cognitive, other models) to drive fact-based decision making for planning, management, measurement, and learning. Analytics may be descriptive, predicitve, or prescriptive. Analytics can provide the mechanism to sort through this torrent of complexity and data, and help health care organizations deliver on these demands. Bundled payment, also known as episode-based payment, episode payment, episode-of-care payment, case rate, evidence-based case rate, global bundled payment, global payment, package pricing, or package pricing, is defined as the reimbursement of health care providers (such as hospitals and physicians) "on the basis of expected costs for clinically defined episodes of care". It has been described as "a middle ground" between fee-for-service rendered to a patient) and capitation. Health Informatics is the interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption, and application of IT-based innovations in health care services delivery, management, and planning. Health informatics law deals with evolving and sometimes complex legal principles as they apply to information technology in health-related fields. It addresses te privacy, ethical, and operational issues that invariably arise when electornic tools, information, and media are used in health care delivery. Health Informatics Law also applies to all matters that involve information technology, health care, and the interaction of information. It deals with the circumstances under which data and records are shared with other fields or areas that suport and enhance patient care. Health and Human Services (HHS) recently adopted new rules that make changes to existing privacy, security, and breach notification requirements in what is often referred to as the final "HIPAA Omnibus Rule" implementing the HITECH Act. This Omnibus Final Rule is compromised of the following four final rules:
-Final modification to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Enforcement Rules mandated by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and certain other modifications to improve the Rules, which were issued as a proposal rule on July 14, 2010.
-Final rule adopting changes to the HIPAA Enforcement Rules to incorporate the increased and tiered civil money penalty structure provided by the HITECH Act, originally published as an interim final rule on October 30, 2009.
-Final rule on breach notification for Unsecured Protected Health Information under the HITECH Act, which replaces the breach notification rule's "harm" threshold with a more objective standard and supplants an interim final rule published on August 24, 2009.
-Final rule modifying the HIPAA Privacy Rule as required by the Genetic Information, Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) to prohibit most health plans from using or disclosing genetic information for underwriting purposes, which was published as a proposal rule on October 7, 2009.