Healthcare IT Services That Help You Care For Patients
Every healthcare provider should spend more time with patients than they do worrying about IT issues. Pit Crew IT Services provides secure solutions for patient data, server management, and network hardware. These solutions exceed HIPAA requirements to ensure the privacy and security of all patient data. Let Pit Crew IT Services streamline your digital processes and save you time every day.
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Healthcare IT Risk
2017 placed healthcare IT networks as the top target for hackers.
The HIPAA Managed Network
In the HIPAA era new standards have been legislated that require constant attention to the technology in any healthcare organization. These standards already align with the Best Practices that Pit Crew IT Services promotes to all of its clients, not just those affected by HIPAA.
The HIPAA Security Rule makes it clear that due to the ongoing monitoring requirements in the law, only one healthcare IT solution ensures HIPAA compliance – Managed IT Services. Managed IT services from Pit Crew IT is defined as a comprehensive suite of services provided by a team of IT pros, complemented by an extraordinary set of sophisticated monitoring and management tools which can be delivered for a fixed monthly fee.
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HIPAA Security Requirements & Compliance
An acceptable performance standard for a covered entity requires more than just doing what is necessary to keep the network running. Even 99.9% uptime falls short. The myriad of other requirements that combine to maintain an IT Network in a continuing state of compliance.
For example, the first section of Administrative Safeguards in the HIPAA Security rule, section §164.308 (a) (1) (ii) (D) states,
“Implement procedures to regularly review records of information system activity, such as audit logs, access reports, and security incident tracking reports.”
Managed IT Services becomes the only practical and economical approach to compliance with just this one section. Here’s why:
- It would be physically impossible for one IT person to keep up with the rigors of this requirement. At some point that person will need to take a vacation, call in sick or not work a weekend.
- The cost to maintain compliance in an hourly break/fix service scenario is prohibitive.
- There are only a handful of individual IT professionals with the Swiss army knife skill set required to manage the complex technology of today. It takes a team.
Regardless of who is handling healthcare IT for you today and what business model they use, finding out just exactly where you stand is a HIPAA mandate.
How do you know if your network is a HIPAA Managed Network?
The medical community is well aware there are significant penalties available to HHS authorities for ‘willful neglect’ under the HITECH Act. And although practices are required to conduct a HIPAA Risk Assessment annually many have not had their initial one.
This is somewhat understandable given the difficulty of breaking down the complexities of the legislation.
Fortunately for medical and dental practices in Texas, Pit Crew IT Services has developed a 39 Point Assessment to identify compliance deficiencies and provide remedial recommendations.
This invaluable program identifies exactly where you stand, what you need to do, and what it will take to comply with the law. The Assessment specifically addresses the following key provisions of the HIPAA Security Rule:
- Security Management Process
- Facility Access Controls
- Workforce Security
- Device and Media Controls
- Security Incident Procedures
- Contingency Plan
- Workstation Use
- Access Control
- Workstation Security
- Audit Controls
To schedule your HIPAA Risk Assessment or for more information on Managed IT services, call (210) 547-0305, option 2 or fill out the form.