If you’re still on the fence about hiring a managed services provider for your medical practice, just take a moment and imagine this: with managed services for medical practices, your staff would be free liberated in using the latest medical technology, tending to your patients’ needs, all without worrying about if your tools software is up-to-date or if your patients’ medical information are safe from hackers. Managed services for medical practices: here’s why it’s the best decision you’ll ever make as a healthcare professional and a business owner (and your office administrator will forever be grateful.)
From digital scanners to lasers to new sanitation methods, hare you using the latest tech gadgets to advance your business or ease your workload?
The doctor’s office is changing, thanks to technology.
Technology itself is impacting and revitalizing nearly industry, so it’s no surprise that changes are happening in health care too. Some providers have closed their office buildings and taken their services on the road, making house calls with just a cell phone and medical bag in tow. Others, still see immense value from in-office visits, but have integrated technology to garner a holistic view of patient health.
Technology is redefining our world. Over the course of just 40 years, we’ve seen technology develop at lightning speed. Technology has evolved from academia, to home computers, to e-commerce, to social media, to the cloud, and now to artificial intelligence.
Many industries have quickly adopted the latest and greatest technology has to offer, for fear of losing a competitive advantage. But others, like the healthcare industry, have been slower to integrate technology into the workplace, especially cloud-based technology.
Cloud integration offers many benefits, but there are also risks that raise major concerns for healthcare professionals. It begs the question, is cloud technology a smarter solution or a headache waiting to happen?
As the national security standard for protecting patient health information, HIPAA stands as a safeguard for medical information. But Christopher Fuller of TechRepublic.com was recently quoted to say:
“The biggest challenge presented by HIPAA is to accurately and consistently protect individuals’ privacy without crippling business.”
Technology is evolving at a rapid speed, and the rate of change is forcing all industries to evaluate how businesses are run and how customers are served. No longer is it an option to think of the digital and physical world as separate entities. The digital footprint tells a story, and it’s a story the healthcare industry should be tapping into.
The healthcare industry is now one of the top three industries cyber attackers are targeting.
No matter what type of facility you work in – a hospital, clinic, medical center, health insurance company, or one that provides business or clinical services for health care – the data you store is worth millions of dollars on the dark web.
Attackers can hold a hospital hostage, freeze operations and disrupt critical medical processes until they get what they want. A recent breach with a global impact showed
us just how unprepared the healthcare industry is.
The Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has been doing limited audits to ensure covered entities and business associates are in compliance with regulations governing health information privacy, security, and breach notification activities.
This limited Phase 1 has involved about 100 entities over the past year. Information gathered during this limited roll-out has been used to re-tool for a more broad-based audit moving forward. In fact, phase 2 was announced back in March – this phase includes both covered entities AND their business associates.