Healthcare Executive Commentary

  1. Why Cloud Solutions Will Be Implemented More Often In Regulated Industries In 2016
    1/5/2016

    In 2016, organizations in highly regulated industries will increase their use of cloud solutions to support and complement their existing technology infrastructure.

  2. MSP Moves Medical Billing Company From 26 Servers To Cloud, Virtualization
    12/11/2015

    A managed services provider (MSP) works with a medical billing company to upgrade from servers to a private cloud and virtualization.  

  3. 5 Markets That Are Buying 2D Bar Code Scanners
    11/3/2015

    Although 1D bar codes are still prevalent across all industries, the implementation of 2D bar codes has skyrocketed. The reason is simple; smaller size and increased information.

  4. Five Common Ways Technology Vendors Put Protected Health Information (PHI) At Risk
    10/30/2015

    Healthcare IT vendors play a critical role for healthcare systems, helping them to manage enormous amounts of data in order to increase efficiency, improve patient care and improve financial performance. Unfortunately, IT vendors sometimes create new security gaps and with them new opportunities for data breaches to occur. Healthcare PHI breaches resulting from technology vendor mistakes and misunderstandings have increased over the past few years.

  5. MSPs: You Must Be HIPAA Compliant Too
    9/30/2015

    Any business dealing with medical patients’ personal health information (PHI) must understand and comply with HIPAA  (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.

  6. Why Your IT Clients Need A HIPAA Risk Assessment
    9/9/2015

    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.

  7. 3 Reasons Home Health Spells Opportunity For VARs
    8/18/2015

    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.

  8. How To Make Money From Compliance Audits
    7/31/2015

    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.

  9. When Employees Put Data At Risk: Medical IT Client Horror Tales That Will Convince You To Encrypt (Part 2)
    7/15/2015

    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.

  10. When Employees Put Data At Risk: Medical IT Client Horror Tales That Will Convince You To Encrypt (Part 1)
    7/15/2015

    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.