The Medical IT Dilemma
The ongoing boom of technology development has brought
with it an astounding number of information systems,
each designed to streamline business and medical
processes through electronic automation.
With so many new systems being introduced for managing
your practice, patients, supply chains and business
information, medical professionals are being challenged
now with how to find a cost effective way to integrate
and maintain this increasing number of information
systems across a rapidly-growing number of different
networks and platforms.
At the same time, medical professionals are also
challenged by the need to provide increased access to a
larger and more dynamic group of end-users.
The challenge we have of managing these systems has
resulted in a complex Medical IT dilemma that consists
of three main components:
CONTROLLING YOUR COST
INCREASING ACCESS TO
consequence of this globalization is that medical IT
departments are now being forced to increase access to
information for both employees and partners and
customers. These pressures are driving medical
professionals to re-evaluate their security and
information architecture to accommodate the
increasingly dynamic ways in which a growing number of
parties want to interact.
for strict protection of patient information and clear
HIPAA regulations require that patient information sent
by electronic means (email, website forms, online
messaging) must be protected against unauthorized
The Administrative Simplification provisions of the
HIPAA require the Department of Health and Human
Services to establish national standards for electronic
health care transactions and national identifiers for
providers, health plans, and employers. It also
addresses the security and privacy of health data.
Adopting these standards will improve the efficiency
and effectiveness of the nation's health care system by
encouraging the widespread use of electronic data
interchange in health care.
Complying with HIPAA is challenging because this
regulation affects so many areas, including standards
for transactions, rules for data privacy/security,
standards for clinical records and more.
The Financial Modernization Act of 1999, also known as
the “Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act” or GLB Act, includes
provisions to protect consumers’ personal financial
information held by financial institutions. There are
three principal parts to the privacy requirements: the
Financial Privacy Rule, Safeguards Rule and strong
The Financial Privacy Rule governs the collection and
disclosure of customers’ personal financial information
by financial institutions. It also applies to
companies, whether or not they are financial
institutions, who receive such information.
The Safeguards Rule requires all financial institutions to design, implement and maintain safeguards to protect customer information. The Safeguards Rule applies not only to financial institutions that collect information from their own customers, but also to financial institutions – such as credit reporting agencies – that receive customer information from other financial institutions.
Axcension understands the importance of these
regulations and clearly defines how we can help you
maintain HIPAA compliance through:
can also provide you with contact forms that comply
with HIPAA and GLB regulations as well as email
addresses for your primary domain. Additional services
can be purchased through us including: