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What I.T. support does for HIPAA Compliance!

What I.T. support does for HIPAA Compliance!

Here is a little snippet of how using an IT company can help you keep your documentation, infrastructure in order for HIPAA required compliance. 

Importance of Thorough Risk Assessment Highlighted by Recent HIPAA Enforcement Action

Last month there were several HIPAA Enforcement Actions taken by the  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR), one of which was as a result of an inadequate risk assessment. 

 The Office for Civil Rights has imposed a 1.6 million dollar civil money penalty against the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (TX HHSC) for HIPAA violations. TX HHSC operates state supported living centers; provides mental health and substance use services; regulates child care and nursing facilities; and administers hundreds of programs for people who need assistance.

 TX HHSC reported a breach to the OCR in June of 2015, stating that over 6,000 individual’s electronic protected health information (ePHI) had been accessible on the internet. The breach was discovered by a user who was able to access ePHI without entering credentials. This was made possible when a application was moved from a private secure server to a public server. During the OCR’s investigation, they determined that in part the lack of a enterprise wide risk analysis had lead to the breach. 

You can find more information on this breach and other recent HIPAA Enforcement Actions at the links provided below.

 Here is the link to the OCR’s full press release on the enforcement action.

Here is a link to a summary of some of the other HIPAA Enforcement Actions taken recently.

Telemedicine the Future of Healthcare

Telemedicine is revolutionizing healthcare, by allowing patients access to medical professionals and medical advice at any time in any location. At the same time this is allowing practices to increase revenue. 

Telemedicine is the use of technology (primarily video conferencing) that enables remote healthcare. The medical professional will send an invite to the patient, and the patient can join from a computer or smartphone by following a link provided in the invite.

 

We live in an increasingly connected world, and telemedicine allows patients and doctors to connect more frequently. That means patients can ask more questions, doctors can provide more answers, which creates a stronger doctor patient relationship.

Telemedicine solutions also allows for multiple parties to join, like family in another state, or a specialist in a certain field. It also provides the ability to share out content such as test results or x-rays.

When looking to establish telemedicine solutions for patients it is important to ensure that the chosen solution complies with all HIPAA guidelines.

 

 

How can A.I. improve healthcare ?

How can A.I improve Healthcare ?

There is no secret that A.I will help improve healthcare treatment for all. This advancement in technology will also have an financial impact as well. Researchers expect by 2021 the industry investment for A.I healthcare to reach $6.6 billion and $150 billion by 2026.  Most of the research going into the AI healthcare industry is for surgery operations. 

When a lot of people hear A.I. in healthcare, many associate doctors being replaced by robots. However, this couldn’t be far from the truth. A.I will improve how doctors can access information particularly life-threatening data in a timely manner. Thus, improving predictable outcomes, speed of care and survival rate.Machine learinng will allow for computer s to make decision with little to no human interaction witch allow the care providers to focus on bigger problems. 

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