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Medical advances and new technologies require healthcare IT solutions to keep pace. Now more than ever, healthcare organizations require a safe and secure environment, 100% guaranteed systems availability and compliance with regulatory acts such as HIPPA. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Healthcare IT Solutions Ensure Uptime, Security and Stability

The Increasing Need for Healthcare IT Solutions
Healthcare IT Solutions
  • Medical advances and new technologies require
    healthcare IT solutions to keep pace.
  • Now more than ever, healthcare organizations
    require a safe and secure environment, 100
    guaranteed systems availability and compliance
    with regulatory acts such as HIPPA.

Healthcare IT Solutions
  • As medical advances in patient treatments emerge,
    healthcare IT needs to keep pace. IT solutions
    must deliver readily available and secure
    electronic medical data, such as Electronic
    Medical Records (EMRs) and Picture Archiving and
    Communication Systems (PACS). Innovative
    treatment options, like Telemedicine, require
    reliable and robust IT infrastructures.
  • And the overall IT environment must comply with
    stringent government regulations.
  • Now more than ever, healthcare organizations
    require secure, reliable and compliant IT
    solutions to deliver quality patient care.

A Safe Healthcare IT Environment
  • Compromised security can significantly interfere
    with healthcares ability to care for patients.
    Healthcare IT threats pop up everywhere. Computer
    viruses, hackers, human error and disgruntled
    employees can be a significant threat to mission
    critical applications and patient data.
    Therefore, rock-solid physical and network
    security becomes a top priority for all data
    center service providers. 
  • SAS 70 Type II audited processes ensure a
    providers operational procedures, security, and
    controls are working effectively to safeguard and
    protect your data and equipment. A safe and
    secure healthcare IT network contributes to
    quality patient care, enhanced productivity,
    increased mobile point of care access to
    information and reduced costs.  
  • In addition, healthcare IT solutions require up
    to five levels of physical and electronic systems
    working 24/7 to protect your equipment. These
    systems include around-the-clock monitored closed
    circuit televisions, onsite support and security
    teams, biometrics security systems and/or
    military-grade key cards, and various alarms and
    sensors tied to fire and police departments.

Reliable Healthcare IT Solutions
  • With life or death decisions at stake, downtime
    is not an option. Your medical and healthcare IT
    infrastructure must guarantee 100 availability.
    In addition to guaranteed uptime, service level
    agreement should cover key elements and service
    metrics like power, temperature and network
  • Healthcare IT solutions should eliminate any
    worry about your critical healthcare IT
    infrastructure experiencing issues or downtime.
    Redundancy and reliability built into data center
    operations, including critical power and cooling
    infrastructure, can ensure fast, easy access to
    patient information for your healthcare

Reliable Healthcare IT Solutions
  • Healthcare providers must maintain uptime even in
    the event of a disaster. Data center solutions
    need to provide hospitals, physicians and other
    healthcare providers with cost efficient disaster
    recovery facilities, systems and infrastructure.
    In addition, your critical data must be backed-up
    and safe.
  • Finally, your healthcare business must adapt
    quickly to changing technologies, regulatory
    requirements and patient needs. Data center
    solutions must provide scalable infrastructures
    to easily address any changes in your operations.

The Challenges of Regulatory Compliance
  • Healthcare providers are challenged with
    conforming to legislation and guidelines that
    govern the security and confidentiality of stored
    information. The Health Insurance and
    Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the
    Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation
    Commission (EHNAC) mandate the safeguarding of
    Protected Health Information (PHI). Information
    breaches can result in millions of dollars of
    lost business, penalties and fines.
  • IT shares the responsibility for HIPAA protection
    of all medical electronic records and patient
    information. With the recent HIPAA enforcement
    actions, its becoming increasingly important
    that health care IT operates in a secure, audited
    data center.

The Challenges of Regulatory Compliance
  • The HIPAA Security Rule applies to all health
    plans, health care clearinghouses, and to any
    health care provider who transmits health
    information in electronic form. The following is
    a more specific list of who needs to be HIPAA
  • Covered health care providers (hospitals,
    clinics, regional health services, individual
    medical practitioners) that carry out
    transactions in electronic form
  • Health care clearinghouses
  • Health plans (including insurers, HMOs, Medicaid,
    Medicare prescription drug card sponsors,
    flexible spending accounts, public health
    authority, in addition to employers, schools or
    universities that collect, store or transmit PHI,
    or electronically protected health information,
    to enroll employees or students in health plans)
  • Their business associates (including private
    sector vendors and third-party administrators)

The Challenges of Regulatory Compliance
Many healthcare organizations struggle with IT
issues related to security, reliability and
compliance. They strive to ensure their IT
infrastructure is able to support all of their
healthcare applications. Your healthcare IT
solution should combine extensive clinical best
practice knowledge with innovation, business
sense, technological expertise and a thorough
knowledge of the healthcare industry to help
optimize your patient services.    
About the Author
  • Michael Duckett is President of CoreLink Data
    Centers, a leading provider of data center
    hosting and managed services solutions in
    Chicago, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Seattle. For more
    information about healthcare IT solutions, visit
    solutions.htm today.