HIPAA Mandate: Maintaining Business Continuity During Downtime

HIPAA Mandate: Maintaining Business Continuity During Downtime

HIPAA’s “Security Guidelines” mandate that all healthcare organizations using healthcare data comply with its data security and business continuity standards, and the penalties and fines for noncompliance are substantial. A contingency plan for disaster recovery and business continuity is a key standard stipulated in the HIPAA Security Rules under the Administrative Safeguards Section, so you clearly need to have such a plan in place.

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The Costs and Impact of HCIS Downtimes

Costs and Impact of HCIS Downtimes

As mentioned in our previous blog, “The Inevitable HCIS Downtime,” your healthcare information system (HCIS), which houses all your patient information, can be brought down for reasons that are planned (maintenance, upgrades, etc.), but unplanned downtimes can occur at any time due to a number of reasons, including a loss of power, network connectivity, natural disaster, or even a system failure. Network, system and power outages occur annually, and always at a cost and impact to your organization.

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The Inevitable HCIS Downtime

The Inevitable HCIS Downtime

What goes up must come down. As healthcare processes have become more and more automated and healthcare organizations transferred to electronic health records to simplify patient data management, a new set of challenges has emerged. Security of electronic patient data is one, mainly due to HIPAA and other governmental regulations. Healthcare information system (HCIS) reliability is another challenge.

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Our Answers to the Top 5 Questions on Downtime Patient Verification (DPV)

Downtime Patient Verification (DPV) works with our NetSafe business continuance product, which ensures that the latest patient information is available in the event of an HCIS downtime or a system failure. Using that information, DPV can generate and print bar-coded patient ID wristbands which can then be scanned against that patient’s paperwork for a correct match. Q: What is the primary benefit of […]

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The Myth of the Nines: What Happens When the System is Unavailable?

You may have the most advanced, state-of-the art technology installed, and a crack team of IT people to support it, yet downtime is inevitable. Yes, systems need to be brought down on purpose for maintenance or upgrades. But, there are the times when you-know-what happens (as Murphy’s Law ensures) and your system goes down. It could be a network or […]

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Are You Benefiting From Your Technology Implementation for Meaningful Use?

You’re taking all the necessary steps to meet the requirements for the “meaningful use” of certified EHR technology to improve patient care and qualify for the financial incentives from the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. For most of you, this has required implementing new or updating current technology. In addition, to show that you are meaningfully using your EHR […]

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Are You Realizing the Full Value of Your Technology?

There’s been a flurry of activity to implement systems that are required for healthcare entities to meet Meaningful Use (MU) requirements. With the implicit focus on achieving MU, and avoiding the consequences of not meeting those requirements, healthcare organizations may not focus on the additional potential capabilities of these systems. Healthcare information and electronic health records systems can, if utilized […]

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Is Epic Really That Much Better?

I’ve been in the healthcare IT industry for 30 years. I’ve seen a variety of HCIS vendors blossom and fade or enter the space and fail completely. I’ve also seen vendors move up and down in revenue. Epic, however, seems different. Epic came on the scene in 1979, created a loyal following in the outpatient space and later moved into […]

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