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I am currently employed at a boarding home for mentally ill adults. Our facility conducts the majority of daily business via paper. The bookkeeping records are managed by a secured computer database (storehouse), but the notification of billing is facilitated by the U.S. Postal Service.

I have read through various online documents to see whether our agency would be classified as a covered entity. While it appears as though the boarding home is not a covered entity, I am wondering whether there are any federal regulations by which a workplace such as this one must abide. Can you provide me any assistance in this?

I just read an archived article on your website, “Pulp Protection: Securing Paper-based Medical Records” by Hannah Fiske, and I would like help in getting more information regarding resources about regulation of paper records.

Risa Salters MSW, MHP, CMHS
Compliance Officer, Sunshine Health Facilities
Spokane Valley, Wash.

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Editor's E-Note
As any parent will tell you, getting teens to do just about anything is hard work. You can use reverse psychology, crazy incentives, or the threat of punishment, but nothing seems to work.

Faced with that obstacle, a doctor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center organized a study to determine whether text messaging could help teens with asthma better adhere to their treatment protocol. Learn how the research is progressing in this month’s E-News Exclusive.

Lee DeOrio, editor
E-News Exclusive
Mobile Technology Aids Treatment Protocol Adherence
By David Yeager

These days, the way to a teen’s heart is through his or her mobile device. That’s one of the reasons Michael Seid, PhD, a professor of pediatrics and the director of Health Outcomes and Quality of Care Research in the division of pulmonary medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), decided to use cell phone reminders to measure the effectiveness of asthma self-management interventions in teens. In a pilot study of 26 adolescents with moderate to severe asthma, Seid and his colleagues sent text messages to encourage compliance with treatment protocols. CCHMC partnered with GenerationOne to develop the technology.

The clinical trial lasted 14 months. One of the pilot’s goals was to determine whether adolescents with moderate to severe asthma would respond well to an intervention based on problem solving and motivational factors. Other goals were to beta test a mobile phone-based platform for the intervention, prove its feasibility, and determine its short-term efficacy.

“We wanted to see if the intervention could be delivered as we wanted it to be delivered and whether or not there was the possibility of an effect before we did a larger study,” says Seid, the study’s principal investigator.

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