This is the era of data. With the rise of “big data,” the arrival of the “chief data officer” and the embrace of “data driven outcomes” in the business community, it becomes increasingly clear that the ability to collect and analyze has become a business differentiator.
Changing with the times is not an option, and it’s becoming critical to plan ahead and implement the IT infrastructure necessary to support expanded health, care, and quality of life technology for your patients and the community. To help you navigate and prepare for these changes hitting healthcare, we’ve created a free checklist: Determining Healthcare IT Infrastructure Needs.
Not long ago, we shared with you what to consider when hiring a managed service provider. Managed services are only one piece of the puzzle for a strong IT roadmap. Another aspect of finding who will best handle your technology needs is IT consulting. Your IT consultant is your guide to finding the best technology solutions for your business. There are a few things to check before choosing your IT consultant in order to make sure he or she is the right fit for you.
Earlier this month, the Office of Civil Rights released a toolkit to help individuals understand HIPAA and their rights to their own health data. The HIPAA privacy rule has alway granted patients the right to access and receive a copy of their health information from their doctors, hospitals and health insurance plans. This right is what allows patients to take ownership of their own health. Doing so allows individuals to monitor conditions, comply with treatment plans, fix errors in their records, track wellness, and directly contribute their information to research. At Keystone IT, we believe so strongly that this right is imperative to health and wellbeing that we established the following vision for our company: “Keystone IT seeks to enable and empower every person to control and improve his or her own health.”
2015 was one of the greatest years Keystone IT has had yet! From moving into our new headquarters, winning 3rd fastest growing company in St. Louis, and #1 Best IT Firm in St. Louis we could not be more thankful for the business relationships we have and continue to foster. As we look back on this record breaking year, we wanted to highlight our top posts written by our Keystone IT industry experts. Take a look at our top 10 best posts of 2015.
A few months ago we announced that Keystone IT has been named St. Louis Business Journal’s 3rd fastest growing business. Our CEO, Eric Humes, reflected on this honor by sharing a few lessons he has learned managing a growing company. Another honor we are incredibly proud to have received this year was being named #1 Best IT Firm by St. Louis Small Business Monthly. We got the chance to catch up with our Vice President of Operations, Katie Nemec, about her thoughts after receiving this honor. Katie has been a driving force behind our support team and customer service efforts. Hear what Katie has to say about managing the operations of an IT firm growing in size and services along with her thoughts on what makes Keystone IT different.
In recent years, healthcare companies have been moving their services into the cloud at a rapid rate. By 2020, the healthcare cloud computing market is expected to grow at a 20.5% compound annual growth rate to reach about $9.48 billion. However, this expedited growth does not come without security concerns. Recent studies have shown that of the hundreds of applications used within hospitals, 93% of the cloud services are a security threat to hospitals.
Outsourcing is an emerging trend in healthcare. IT outsourcing is when an organization selects the most efficient third-party service provider to effectively operate its management and administrative unit. Outsourcing of IT solutions in the healthcare industry has emerged as an efficient solution to mitigate rising healthcare costs and to meet the growing demand for quality care. The trend of outsourcing healthcare IT solutions in large organizations has grown significantly and has also attracted mid-sized and small organizations. In some cases, the entire information management system is outsourced, while in others, only key application services are outsourced.
As health records are increasingly maintained online and in the cloud, compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA Compliance) is more important than ever to keep information from becoming vulnerable. Your patients’ personally identifiable health information is some of the most sensitive and personal data imaginable. Working in this field often requires you to handle protected health information (PHI). As such, it is the responsibility of a medical practice to keep that information safe.
Let’s face it, security risk analysis protocol and details can be confusing even after learning about it in a seminar or book. That is why we like to end our presentations about security risk analysis with these top 10 myths of security risk analysis. Take a look at some of these myths you thought may have been true.