Computer Cats Website - HIPAA Compliance
Whether you are a doctor, practice manager or a hospital administrator, you will agree with us that working in a healthcare environment is both stressful and intense. Now, imagine adding the burden of worrying over HIPAA compliance to your list of worries. Wouldn’t it be a relief outsourcing your HIPAA compliance worries to a managed IT services provider?
Why Hire a Managed IT service provider?
As stated above, the environment in which healthcare providers operate in is already as stressful as it can be. We believe that there is no need for you to operate in split focus. We, therefore, recommend that you outsource your IT services to a managed service provider who will ensure that your IT systems are updated and that they are HIPAA compliant. Hiring an MSP offering HIPAA compliance service in Colorado will ensure that your IT systems comply with the strict HIPAA requirements.
Get ready for HIPAA Audits
As far as the audits are concerned, it is no longer a matter of “if” the audits will take place, rather it is “when” these audits will take place. Cognizant of the fact that the HIPAA audits are imminent, you need to ready yourself for these audits.
Before external audits are conducted, it is required of practice managers to continually assess and audit their systems, networks, and data to ensure that these are compliant with HIPAA regulations. You can ready your healthcare IT system for HIPAA audits by outsourcing the management of the system to an MSP.
What Services Should You Expect from Your MSP
Once you have outsourced your IT services to your preferred MSP, you should expect the MSP to offer you services which will ensure that your IT systems are HIPAA compliant. Examples of services we offer to our clients in the healthcare industry include:
i. Email Security- The MSP will scan all incoming emails to ensure that they are safe and free from viruses and malware.
ii. Cloud backup and storage- This ensures that all your health records are backed up in the cloud.
iii. VPS hosting- This allows your facility to connect to external networks without the fear of being hacked.
iv. 24/7 support- This ensures that a technician from the MSP will be on standby to address your IT-related queries.
As a healthcare provider, your concern should be to ensure that the services offered by your MSP help you in staying compliant with HIPAA regulations as regards the security of the personal health information (PHI) of your patients. You can achieve this by ensuring that:
• Your electronic health records are encrypted and backed up in the cloud.
• Access to your electronic health records is limited to persons who have been cleared by your healthcare facility.
• Hard disk and electronic records of patients that are no longer in use are destroyed following best practices.
• You seal all loopholes that hackers can use to access your electronic health records.
• All software programs are patched and updated regularly to ensure that all bugs are fixes and vulnerabilities addressed.
If looking for an MSP who offers HIPAA compliance service in Colorado, look no further. At Computer Cats, we are a managed IT service provider with the skills and expertise needed to help your IT systems be in line with HIPAA compliance regulations. Contact us today for a free quotation.