Healthcare Executive Commentary

  1. MSPs: You Must Be HIPAA Compliant Too

    The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a complex law, to put it mildly. It contains no shortage of tricky nuances that any business dealing with medical patients’ personal health information (PHI) must understand and adhere to in order to remain in legal compliance (and thus avoid potentially devastating enforcement actions). Unfortunately, these same businesses often struggle to gain a firm grasp on just how precisely HIPAA requires them to behave in all phases of their operations.

  2. Why Your IT Clients Need A HIPAA Risk Assessment

    If your clients deal with healthcare records of any kind for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) purposes, their business is considered either a covered entity or a business associate, and they should be preparing in earnest for Office of Civil Rights (OCR) HIPAA audits in 2015 and 2016.

  3. 3 Reasons Home Health Spells Opportunity For VARs

    These are challenging times for home healthcare providers. Reimbursement is declining as the healthcare industry shifts from a volume-based, fee-for-service approach to a value-based, accountable care model.  This transformation accelerates pressure on home health providers to operate more efficiently, deliver better patient outcomes and market themselves to hospitals as trusted partners. At the same time, providers have to comply with a constantly growing number of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) mandates.

  4. How To Make Money From Compliance Audits

    VARs and managed services providers (MSPs) who choose to sell compliance audits have one great advantage:  Compliance, by definition, is mandatory. That in itself gives companies an incentive to purchase, and creates opportunities for resellers and MSPs to build their businesses. Resellers need to decide which market to pursue, and need to inform businesses exactly what they have to lose if they are found non-compliant by the bodies that govern these mandates.

  5. When Employees Put Data At Risk: Medical IT Client Horror Tales That Will Convince You To Encrypt (Part 2)

    Previously, we chilled you with a haunting tale of a medical practice that would not listen to warnings to encrypt, even after an ex-contractor stole a computer holding unprotected private medical information. It caused our IT and security services company to end that relationship rather than risk being arty to a damaging HIPAA violation.

  6. When Employees Put Data At Risk: Medical IT Client Horror Tales That Will Convince You To Encrypt (Part 1)

    While we all want to trust the people we work with, our experience implementing and managing IT and security services shows that employees go rogue more often than you might expect. Unaccounted-for data and files can be especially damaging in the healthcare field, where HIPAA compliance requires that medical facilities take reasonable measures to protect patient privacy.

  7. EMS Achieves UDI Compliance And Reduces Print Time To Less Than One Second

    Implementing Loftware Enterprise Labeling Solutions significantly improves performance and consistency, while reducing occurrence of mislabeling.

  8. Opportunities To Make EMV-Related IT Sales Outside The Retail Vertical

    The much-anticipated EMV liability shift is due to take place in the U.S. this October and solution providers throughout the IT channel are being tasked with supplying a comprehensive solution comprised of the right hardware, software, and integration services to meet the needs of their customers during a pivotal transition in the market.

  9. 3 Ways Channel Partners Can Become Experts In Healthcare IT Security

    With data breaches on the rise in the U.S., the security of personal data is becoming a growing concern for both consumers and businesses, and rightly so. The major cyberattack experienced earlier this year by Anthem exposed the sensitive healthcare information of 80 million Americans — nearly a quarter of the U.S. population. And that’s just one example.

  10. 6 Immediate Benefits Of IP Video Solutions For Healthcare

    Hospitals and medical centers face increasing challenges in the protection of staff, patients, and visitors, creating a demand for IP video solutions that are intuitive, scalable, and affordable. Effective and well-designed IP video solutions provide immediate benefits that can dramatically reduce unnecessary costs and liability, beyond basic security applications, while improving the flexibility of the system.