As the United States joins other industrialized countries with the advance of the Electronic Health Record (EHR), many small hospitals and clinics are getting lost in the technological shuffle. Hiring and training IT staff and adding computer resources to implement EHR encryption software can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. |
This leaves many physicians scratching their heads at how to afford to keep up with the requirements of the HITECH Act of 2009. Thankfully, there are options that can be customized to fit the needs of small community clinics or solo physician practices.
In the past, traditional software packages were sold on a per license basis and installed either on a remote server or local standalone computer. This setup required the organization to have a fully-trained set of IT staff on-hand to support and maintain the hardware and software. Unfortunately, hardware can be out-of-date almost as soon as it is purchased.
Software and anti-virus protection are constantly evolving. All aspects of maintaining a computer system in a large metropolitan or small rural company involve updates, changes and fixes on a regular basis. As expected, high costs are often encountered when dealing with complex encryption software.
HIPAA requires security and encryption for four types of private and protected health information: "data in use", "data in motion", "data at rest", and "data disposed". Traditional paper charts rely on mail and fax machines to transmit information across the country and around the world.
These types of "data in motion" have a relatively low risk and rate of breach. Electronic charts have the potential to move important information about a patient around the world in mere seconds. However, unsecure internet lines can easily be tapped and the valuable personal patient information used toward malicious ends.
Manage-Trak now offers a customizable, on-demand, secure messaging application that will help your hospital or clinic comply with HITECH "data in motion" standards while protecting your patient's privacy. Bring your practice up-to-date with new technology and bring your patients a better level of service. Allow us to show you how to send protected health information to a third party without worry of unauthorized access.
Manage-Trak's Encrypt-A-Note is available to organizations for a low monthly fee. Forget about hiring and training an IT team to install a complex appliance- or server-based software package. "Cloud computing," as offered by Manage-Trak allows hospitals and clinics to reduce the total cost of ownership by offloading technical support and maintenance to a third party.
With HIPAA, data security has become one of the top priorities in the US. Baton Rouge, LA based company offers hi-tech and secure email software to hospitals and clinics that helps them reduce cost and also ensures their data is safe. To know more about it, visit http://www.manage-trak.com
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