MANAGED IT SERVICES FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
Healthcare IT has proven to be immensely vital in providing efficient measures for storing patient data and, most importantly, securing stored data against unauthorized access. However, managing IT infrastructure while providing a robust data security architecture to prevent data breaches can be overwhelming in a sector with a daily increase in patient data in healthcare.
HIPAA regulations also provide guidelines for electronically processing and storing patient health information, with which healthcare businesses must strictly comply.
With these in mind, outsourcing IT management is the ideal way to manage and secure patient data effectively and provide stellar healthcare services without breaking the bank. When it comes to data management in healthcare, Christo IT employs HIPAA-compliant solutions in providing patient data organization and management, secure remote access, document management system support, and implementation, amongst others.
Depending on the nature of the healthcare service run, Christo IT can provide reliable on-site and remote IT support. Our remote services are just as functional as on-site services because we monitor active systems and ensure that everything functions optimally. This way, your healthcare business does not have to struggle with data overload, unnecessary downtimes, data breaches, etc.
A reputable managed IT company must have a team of specialists dedicated to providing healthcare businesses with cutting-edge data management services. It is no wonder we have earned the Microsoft Certified Small Business Specialist and the Microsoft Gold Partner certifications since 2000.
In retrospect, HIPAA non-compliant would be far more detrimental for a healthcare business than HIPAA-compliant. Non-compliance fees and punitive actions can significantly deplete a healthcare business's resources and reputation.
HIPAA compliance could serve as a cushion for these situations and simultaneously provide patients an assurance of confidentiality which is a massive step toward improving standard healthcare service patronage.
HIPAA Compliance for Healthcare
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is an act that was signed into law in 1996 after the 104th US Congress enacted it. Its tenets require that the privacy of a patient's health information is protected.
The HIPAA privacy rule posits guidelines for organizations and individuals referred to as "covered entities" that regulate the use and disclosure of individuals' health information (also known as protected health information - PHI). These covered entities include healthcare providers, business associates, and health plans.
The Importance of HIPAA Compliance in Healthcare
In practicality, HIPAA compliance is the core foundation of reliability and security in healthcare. As such, its importance in healthcare cannot be overemphasized. With HIPAA compliance,
- Patients' medical records, test results, and insurance information are protected. This way, third-party access by employers, impersonators, co-workers, etc., is restricted. This further prevents malicious use of patients' information for exploitation, discrimination, monetary gain, or other forms of benefit that are not in the patient's best interest.
- Patients feel more secure with a healthcare service because they are confident in the protection and privacy of their information. This sense of security fosters unwavering trust in the healthcare system and enhances the business-patient relationship.
- Healthcare businesses also enjoy the opportunity and benefits of evaluating their data and data security measures in a way that allows them to provide efficient and proactive data risk management strategies that guard against data breaches. This way, healthcare businesses can easily manage their data capacity to accommodate increasing patient data.