The healthcare industry is changing rapidly. Advances in technology combined with regulatory imperatives and government financial incentives have spurred the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), allowing doctors, hospitals, insurance providers, and others to easily share patient health information. While these developments are bringing significant opportunities and benefits to both providers and patients, they also pose new risks to health information privacy.
With the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services beginning to conduct HIPAA audits, it is imperative that providers establish governance and compliance programs to avoid fines and reduce the risk of lawsuits. A strong program can make the difference between the ability to protect PHI, and the potential for it to be compromised. Further, as compliance pushes providers to abandon fragmented processes in an effort to coordinate care across the healthcare continuum, it is resulting in more efficient healthcare facilities and better care.
To meet these challenges and address potential risks, providers are implementing increasingly complex healthcare IT systems that assure security and privacy, business continuity, and disaster recovery for their IT environments, as well as minimize risk to their business, reputation, and patient population. Providers are seeking solutions that address the following:
- Compliance Automation
- Data Loss Prevention
- Security and Endpoint Management
- Managed Security Services
- Business Critical Services