By Lenny Chesal, CRRD
Host.net Chief Evangelist
When it comes to technology, the healthcare industry is in a constant state of change. Medical records are now stored electronically, and paper files are becoming obsolete. HIPAA regulations require constant attention to ensure organizations are compliant and keeping patient information safe and secure. Billing details are stored on the network and sent to insurance companies online.
Physicians, nurses and other staff are also utilizing connected devices in order share data – which means that trendy term known as the Internet of Things (IoT) is not going anywhere. IoT deserves it’s own blog (or really it’s own book), but it boils down to the fact smart devices connected to a network allow healthcare professionals to gather data and analyze it in an organized, automated way that doctors 30 years ago never would have imagined. And these devices talk to each other, update patient data, maintain inventories and much more.
It all boils down to this – our world is becoming more connected at an exponential rate, and the healthcare world is no different.
This has given rise to the Health IT (HIT) executive, an integral part of the healthcare industry, who makes decisions involving how information systems are developed and maintained. They work to ensure that these systems improve medical care, increase efficiency, reduce error and overall improve the processes that keep a healthcare organization successful. But, often, they can’t do it alone. They need a partner.
I work with many of these decision makers here in South Florida and across the U.S. and there are certain requirements that are always top of mind – and many of these are related to security and compliance. Along with these needs come disaster recovery and continuity. Obviously, any healthcare facility whose network goes down puts patients at risk, causes doctors, admin and other staff to scramble, and means data could be lost, hacked or otherwise irreparably compromised.
So what to do?
Well, as I have discussed with many of my colleagues in this field, it is imperative to have a partner who understands their technology needs, is certified and compliant with stringent HIPAA guidelines and can ensure at all times that their data stays connected, protected and secure.
As the Chief Evangelist at Host.net, I do my fair share of preaching about this very topic. I explain how important it is for HIT executives to collaborate with a datacenter operator that offers HIPAA-compliant facilities that reduce organizational costs, increase agility and – as I’ve already said a few times – keeps that growing cache of data secure.
This is not a “one size fits all” proposition. Each healthcare facility or organization has different needs and challenges, are of different sizes and have distinct focuses. That means they are all in need of a solution that is customized to their requirements.
At Host.net, that is exactly what we do. We work closely with our clients in the healthcare field to ensure their data is always protected. Contact us to learn more about how we can develop the best plan to meet your specific needs.