On the surface, like with other HHS settlements, it may seem harsh when looking at only the amount of money vis-a-vis the number of patients affected. But it’s important to consider what OCR is trying to accomplish.
When working with big data, small inconsistencies in data entry matter. Leaving the task of cleaning up registration or demographic data to data scientists or IT staff will be expensive.
CMS requirements for approved clinical decision support mechanisms could cause extra burden and more keystrokes for physicians attempting to meet appropriate use criteria.