Health Care It Services
Health Care IT Services
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Healthcare and IT
With years of experience in the Healthcare field we have an in depth understanding of the robust needs of the industry from Electronic Medical Records (EMR) or Electronic Health Records (EHR) to Health Information Systems (HIS) to Radiology Information Systems (RIS) to Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) using applications such as DICOM and HL7. This includes an understanding of the Government Regulations and Meaningful Use definitions that must be followed and deadlines that must be met. Therefore uninterrupted network availability is non-negotiable. The surge in Healthcare costs dictates network optimization for performance, availability, and scalable solutions customized for your workflow needs.
Greater productivity and better service to patients, referring physicians and other stakeholders demands higher performance from your staff, processes, and equipment. IT/IS Trusted Network Services can help you take performance to new levels with services that suit your situation, goals, and budget, including help train your IT staff. We can add functions and capabilities to existing infrastructure. Customize and integrate equipment and systems to improve data access, productivity, and workflow. Safeguard images and information and support your successful transition to new tools and technologies, no matter where you are on the film-to-digital imaging spectrum. Whatever your challenges, you’ll work with IT/IS Trusted Network Services experts who truly understand the unique characteristics of your imaging chain, healthcare data, and IT environment. Our professionals provide a portfolio of services that can be blended and tailored to meet your unique challenges and performance goals.
Telemedicine / Telecommunications
The distance between your hospital and other facilities, and the expense of travel costs, can hamper collaboration on diagnosis and treatment with healthcare professionals outside your facility’s walls. Telemedicine solutions provide direct access to medical experts, enabling contact with otherwise unreachable clinicians; from small rural hospitals to large hospital networks, telemedicine allows 24/7 access to specialists. Your hospital can benefit from a telemedicine solution for faster, more efficient patient intervention.
Remote connectivity is a business necessity today. Hospital/Clinic administration, Radiology, Security and Building Management are but a few examples of the expertise needing access into or out from your network. Prohibitive in-house costs required for that expertise makes it important that Radiologists, Pharmacists, Doctors, and Vendors gain easy but secure access to information. IT/IS Trusted Network Services has the know-how to design and implement a cost effective solution.
Healthcare Terms and Definitions
DICOM–The Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standard is used by virtually every medical profession that utilizes images within the healthcare industry. DICOM also addresses the integration of information produced by these various specialty applications in the patient’s Electronic Health Record. It is with this application that each modality, pacs, workstation etc. communicates with.
EMR–Electronic Medical Record patient information is tracked online from the point of first contact with your organization. Clinical activities, orders, medication administration, documentation and results – every critical detail of the patient record is available to the care team, when and where they need it. No more time wasted tracking down lost charts, searching for radiology images, or calling the lab for results. It’s all at your fingertips. The result is improved clinical workflow, greater efficiency, and better patient service.
HIPAA– is the United States Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. There are two sections to the Act. In the information technology industries HIPAA establishes mandatory regulations that require extensive changes to the way that health providers conduct business. HIPAA seeks to establish standardized mechanisms for electronic data interchange ( EDI ), security, and confidentiality of all healthcare-related data. The Act mandates: standardized formats for all patient health, administrative, and financial data; unique identifiers (ID numbers) for each healthcare entity, including individuals, employers, health plans and health care providers; and security mechanisms to ensure confidentiality and data integrity for any information that identifies an individual.
HL7 – Health Level Seven is one of several American National Standards Institute (ANSI) -accredited Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) operating in the healthcare clinical and administrative data domain.
IHE–Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE™) is an initiative designed to stimulate the standards-based (HL7, DICOM, Internet, etc.) multi-vendor integration of the information systems that support modern healthcare institutions. GE Healthcare actively contributes to IHE in driving the development of effective and easy-to-integrate solutions.
SOX–Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 is legislation enacted in response to the high-profile Enron and WorldCom financial scandals to protect shareholders and the general public from accounting errors and fraudulent practices in the enterprise. The act is administered by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which sets deadlines for compliance and publishes rules on requirements. Sarbanes-Oxley is not a set of business practices and does not specify how a business should store records; rather, it defines which records are to be stored and for how long. The legislation not only affects the financial side of corporations, it also affects the IT departments whose job it is to store a corporation’s electronic records. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act states that all business records, including electronic records and electronic messages, must be saved for “not less than five years.”
Privacy, Security, Government Regulations
The safe keeping of Protected Health Information (PHI) is paramount. It is expected by the public and demanded by regulation. HIPAA and SOX to name two of the governmental regulations that have been enacted describing measures that business must take in some or all measure, to safeguard PHI. Computer security is frequently associated with three core areas, which can be conveniently summarized by the acronym “CIA”:
- Confidentiality– Ensuring that information is not accessed by unauthorized persons.
- Integrity — Ensuring that information is not altered by unauthorized persons in a way that is not detectable by authorized users .
- Authentication — Ensuring that users are the persons they claim to be.