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HIPAA vs The Cloud

HIPAA Compliance: The objective behind

Sensitivity in maintaining individual health record of every person is too significant and this is what gets ensured under HIPAA security compliance, which aims at protecting an individual’s information to be obtained, created, used and maintained electronically at a specific healthcare unit or hospital. As a result of this rule, the healthcare unit is responsible for taking every measure to keep this information confidential, secure, reliable and free from any electronic interference. But healthcare units usually find it tough to meet the expectations of this security rule & it requires a more technical approach in abiding by the directives of the security rule.

Healthcare unit’s responsibility in ensuring HIPAA security compliance

Under HIPAA security compliance, each of the three aspects, namely administrative, technical and physical, has to be adhered to by implementation specifications. These specifications specify the modus operandi for meeting the three aspects. A healthcare unit or hospital has to either implement a security measure to achieve this objective, execute the given implementation specifications or, may not put into practice either one of the two. But as part of HIPAA compliance, the body has to document whichever choice it wants to implement and this document should additionally comprise of basis of the evaluation on which this decision has been arrived at. Outcome of all this can be visibly noticed in the form of a challenge for IT professionals working in health sector.

Shouldering HIPAA compliance responsibility with cloud computing vendor

No surprise, emergence of cloud computing looked like easing the scenario but with enough caution, given that an outside agency in the form of cloud providing associate is involved besides the healthcare unit. Because of this vendor-client partnering, the ultimate responsibility to abide by HIPAA compliance resting with the healthcare unit gets pooled with the vendor, since implementation gets carried out at the vendor end. Thus, there is much room for the sensitive information getting trickled at the remote location where cloud model has been setup. In this situation, the healthcare unit will have to adhere to all the security aspects and implementation specifications as discussed above, so as to satisfy the HIPAA security rule. In the process, the healthcare unit will have to extend its interference and control at the cloud computing associate’s location in terms of integrity, encryption, data transfer & management, etc., which this body earlier left up to business associate due to contractual limitations or budget constraints.

Documentation of roles

Obviously, the healthcare unit has an opportunity this way to allot even responsibility to its cloud computing business associate and keep it under the scanner, as if HIPAA compliance is not just the healthcare unit’s liability, but is as much an accountability of that vendor. The documented modus operandi of this body can well include the extent to which it has involved vendor and along with, ask the vendor to document its procedures and practices in following the technical requirements and the HIPAA compliance as a whole.

While cloud computing can be the technical answer for healthcare IT professionals to successfully satisfy HIPAA security compliance, the organisations in healthcare can well ensure strict adherence of HIPAA rules by shouldering equal responsibility with their cloud computing business associates.

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Medical Transcription: Advantages of Outsourcing it From a Service Provider

When it concerns transcribing the medical records of a healthcare facility, there are several options in front to them. They could opt to go in for a transcription department or contract Independent contractors, or engage the services of an expert medical transcription company. Sometimes healthcare providers decide to have a mixture of all three.

However, outsourcing medical transcription needs on a total basis to a medical transcription company has a lot of benefits. Once the expertise of the service provider has been verified in terms of correctness, turnaround time, HIPAA compliance, technology and the pliability of services, there are many advantages to outsourcing the work

Given here are some of the benefits of outsourcing medical transcription:

Reducing time: By outsourcing, the administrative staff of the hospital as well the healthcare professionals can structure their limited time better to concentrate on the main business; that of providing healthcare.

Conserving resources: Outsourcing transcription liberates resources like technology, office space, working capital, management personnel etc. These resources can then be utilized for maximum benefit.

Savings on overhead: Having transcription in-house would require infrastructure like space, computers, power etc, which would have to be used to perform medical transcription. By outsourcing, outlay on this infrastructure could be saved.

Decreased efforts: A lot of inputs are needed from teams at every level, when transcription needs are executed in-house or through the use of independent contractors. Activities like hiring and training require a lot of effort. Outsourcing ensures that these efforts are used more productively.

Decreased strain on internal resources: Due to raising costs, declining percentage of payments, and constrained budgets, it has become increasingly challenging to manage internal resources. Outsourcing transcription lessens the burden on internal resources.

Leveraging from the knowledge of the provider: Outsourcing has the advantage of the hospital gaining from the skills of the service provider. The know-how and expertise of the service provider add to the other advantages of outsourcing.

High level of service: As more and more resources of the healthcare facility are liberated, the focus on delivering quality services would get better, thereby enhancing the quality of service.

Flexibility of choice: One of the major advantages of outsourcing medical transcription is the adjustability of services provided. The responsibility of having to arrange medical transcription services for varying influxes of patients, holiday transcription and weekend transcription needs is on the service provider.

Enhance shareholder value: With the decrease of expenses, gains are maximized thus enhancing shareholder value.

Streamlined and improved operations: With one of the vital contributors in the healthcare process being taken care of, the administration of the clinic is free to focus on other areas. This helps streamline and enhance operations.

Staying competitive: The ability to reduce expenses without affecting the quality and prompt delivery of patient records gives a competitive advantage to the healthcare facility.

Enhancement and expansion of services: With enormous cost cutting benefits and improvement in efficiency by outsourcing, the healthcare facility’s improvement and future plans become a reality.

Increase in cash flow: Medical transcription is the primary stage of the receivables cycle. Outsourcing ensures that the turnaround time is quicker, thus quickening the receivables cycle. This in turn improves the cash flow.

Apart from all the above long-term benefits, outsourcing transcription needs to a professional transcription company has benefits like quality services at fair prices, done by expert transcriptionists with a very prompt turnaround time executed through secure HIPAA and HITECH compliant channels, with very superior levels of accuracy and all this with technology that is advanced but simple in usage!

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