Essentials in Managing the HIPAA Risks of Outsourcing

Phoenix Health Systems

Almost all hospitals outsource a myriad of services for better and more cost-effective operational results. While outsourcing can be a huge boon to efficiencies and quality, it also may bring serious HIPAA-related risks if the vendor qualifies as a business associate (BA) under the law.

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Cybercrime 2018: Most Hospitals’ IT Security Is Still Not Enough

Phoenix Health Systems

This may seem like good news, but before we get too comfy with our seemingly safer data security today, here’s the story behind the story — and it isn’t pretty. Social engineering succeeds if our staff doesn’t recognize and catch it. Have you noticed?

Managing the HIPAA Risks of Outsourcing to External Business Associates

Phoenix Health Systems

Today, most hospitals count on external outsourcing services for a myriad of essential functions like revenue cycle management, health information management, IT support, data storage and security, housekeeping, and many other clinical and non-clinical functions. of these partners are business associates under HIPAA — and therein lies major potential security risks for your organization. CHCS was providing management and IT services to six skilled nursing facilities.

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HIPAA Breaches 2019 Style: More Than Ever With No Relief in Sight

Phoenix Health Systems

A major rise in phishing, IT hacking, and ransomware attacks, mostly within many providers — but also within six payors. Here’s what you should know to better understand how your organization may need to beef up its precautions. Despite providers’ and business associates’ IT protection solutions and employee training, staff remain very vulnerable. Not a major hospital — but it can happen to any healthcare organization.

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Build the CyberSecurity Culture Your Hospital Needs, Part 2: Necessary Disruption

Phoenix Health Systems

Though many hospitals have improved IT-based security protections and provided training to workers, dangerous data breaches are increasing rapidly across most organizations, often due to employee negligence. It is apparent that hospitals must do much more to inspire a strong top-to-bottom cybersecurity culture that will deflect or neutralize criminal attacks. It took over 50 years to change a dangerous, but widely accepted cultural more.

3rd Party Security Breaches Are Surging. You Can Transform Your Risk Management Program.

Phoenix Health Systems

So it’s not coincidental that a group of major hospitals and hospital systems have come together in a formal concerted effort to provide better vendor risk management standards to the industry. The crucial task of individually vetting and contracting with hundreds, even thousands of business associates (per institution), which is the norm — and then managing their service levels for security has become a near-impossibility for many hospital security staffs.

Build the CyberSecurity Culture Your Hospital Needs, Part 1: Strategic Essentials

Phoenix Health Systems

Hospitals are overdue. Their affirming HIPAA compliance is one thing — a very good thing — but it’s not enough to protect them from the dangerous cyber attacks the healthcare industry experiences every day. Twenty years from now, perhaps consistent security awareness will be second nature for healthcare workers, as it already is for most bank employees — without learning hard lessons from painful breaches first.

Why Most Hospitals Are Outsourcing IT — And How to Do It Right.

Phoenix Health Systems

Three-quarters of health systems with more than 300 beds and 81 percent with fewer beds are outsourcing various IT services, according to Black Book Research. Hospitals are looking externally for a wide range of complex technology services including full IT department management and outsourcing of discrete functions such as network infrastructure, service desk, application support and legacy support as old systems are replaced with new. IT Outsourcing hospital IT outsourcin

The IT Staffing Shortage Is a Problem Morphing Into a Crisis: What to Do

Phoenix Health Systems

Staffing shortages have plagued the healthcare industry for years, and this year hospital IT departments are feeling more pain than ever. The shortfall in physicians and nurses understandably gets the most press attention, but two phenomenons are pushing scarcity of specialized IT workers into the stratosphere: computer and IT jobs across all industries are projected to grow 12% from 2018 to 2028, and healthcare is projected to add 3.5

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Hospitals’ Tech Support Is Getting Worse. Why, and What’s the Prognosis?

Phoenix Health Systems

Many hospitals are undertaking major transformations of their technical support functions, according to a brand new study by Black Book Research. Sixty percent of hospital IT leaders say that EHR vendors and third party outsourcers are falling short of tech support expectations. And, what steps are hospitals taking to receive the results they need? These analysts also will be qualified to resolve most desktop, network and other IT issues.

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The Healthcare IT Staffing Shortage Is Moving into High Gear…Here’s Why

Phoenix Health Systems

While it’s great news that healthcare jobs will be among the fastest growing through 2026, the plethora of jobs is a double-edged sword. The projected supply of qualified workers will not fill the demand, and as any hospital CIO can attest, the shortage of qualified workers in healthcare IT is nearly as worrisome as the growing paucity of clinical professionals. The most obvious is that we will need to replace millions of healthcare IT workers who retire.

Weekender 5/3/19

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Cerner filings indicate that activist investor Starboard Value made its run on the company’s board two days after Brent Shafer announced his new “operating model”. HHS announces that it will use its discretion to reduce maximum annual HIPAA fines based on level of culpability.

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Avizia CEO Mike Baird on Numbers Narrative Podcast

American Well

And we aspire to provide that entire technology platform for hospitals primarily, to help them scale their physicians and specialists in a more effective way. It seems to be ubiquitous in 2015. What changed in the world or in the health care system or regulation to make telemedicine something that seems like everyone is starting to do it? So we’re obviously a long time past then and yet it’s been a fairly stagnant market until the last 3 or 4 years.