As Director of Information Security & Compliance at Keystone, Montez Fitzpatrick works every day to be sure that clients and the public are aware of new and threatening security vulnerabilities. Montez has recently updated Keystone clients and staff on a potential threat.
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.
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced its intention to begin its second round of HIPAA audits. Slated to begin in 2016, the initiative will include both on-site and desk audits and will focus on areas of poor compliance found in initial audits. Audits will cover hospitals, healthcare providers, health plans and businesses. This round of compliance audits will include 200-300 limited scope desk audits to create a sample base of covered entities to ensure HIPAA Privacy, Security & Breach Notification Rules compliance.
Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released final regulations and plans that will affect Keystone IT clients who are attesting for Meaningful Use and the healthcare industry as a whole. CMS published the Meaningful Use 2015-2017 Modifications/Stage 3 Rule, and ONC released the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap.
By Ben Nolen, Vice President of Technology, Keystone IT
We are often asked what makes us different from our competition. The answer is our employees. We are so proud to have the best and the brightest on our team serving your hospitals, practices and schools. From system engineers, who created a unique cloud solution designed for healthcare to a security and compliance team, whose expertise is requested throughout the nation, our employees are our single greatest asset and make us the best IT firm to serve our community.