Automating User Provisioning Minimizes Risk, Saves Money for Healthcare Providers 'Going Digital'

Avatier Corp., a leader in risk-driven identity management software, advises healthcare providers to leverage identity and access management best practices before digitizing medical records to avoid risk in its blog, "Dare to Go Digital: Automating HIPAA HITECH Compliance." In following this advice, healthcare providers under constant budget pressure will save time and money, reduce critical IT time, while ensuring HIPAA privacy statutes and HIPAA HITECH information technology audit requirements are met.

"While digitizing medical records is necessary to provide improved patient care, streamline operations and reduce costs, it also puts the healthcare provider at risk for a security breach. With today's binding HIPAA statutes around patient privacy, any breach can spell real trouble," said Nelson Cicchitto, chairman and CEO of Avatier. "By following identity management best practices -- which include automating user provisioning protocols -- healthcare providers are better able to meet their regulatory mandates and keep private information from getting into the wrong hands." As in any industry, government and competitive bottom-line pressures force healthcare organizations to put greater focus on cutting costs and generally doing more with less.

Digitizing medical records is one way to cut costs, but it also introduces privacy risks, which are closely monitored through rigorous HIPAA compliance regulations. To be effective, identity and access management programs must be automated from end-to-end. "A truly automated solution isn't one that provides partial automation only to end up generating help desk tickets that still need manual attention," Cicchitto adds.

He also points out that automating identity management and access provisioning should begin with role-based system access. The system should automatically update permissions based on a business user's new position when their role changes. And automated access provisioning should be a centralized repository for a clean and clear identity IT audit trail. With the right tools in place, user access certification and verification audits that used to take days can be completed within hours without taxing IT staff. In an environment where HIPAA PHI compliance audits are stringent and frequent, simplified access certifications save approver aggravation and valuable time, thus allowing decision-makers to focus on more important healthcare-related activities.

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Ziehm Imaging Receives "Top100" Seal of Approval

Ziehm Imaging Receives

German manufacturer of mobile C-arms recognized for innovation management in the SME sector Ziehm Imaging was honored last Friday in Friedrichshafen, Germany as one of the country's most innovative medium-sized enterprises. Ziehm Imaging, with headquarters in Nuremberg, has been manufacturing mobile C-arms for 40 years and is now the acknowledged technology leader in the industry. With its innovative solutions, Ziehm Imaging has played a significant role in the rapid development of mobile X-ray technology in recent years and brought numerous revolutionary developments onto the world market.

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Philips Sparq ultrasound provides high quality images at high paced Yale-New Haven Hospital emergency department

Philips Sparq ultrasound provides high quality images at high paced Yale-New Haven Hospital emergency department

WHAT: Philips has sold six Sparq ultrasound systems to Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH), a non-profit, 1,008-bed tertiary medical center receiving national and international referrals, located in New Haven, Conn.

WHY: Given the often hectic pace of an emergency department, each timesaving measure can make a significant difference. This is especially true at a Level 1 trauma center like YNHH which triages more than 80,000 patients a year. In an effort to bring a new level of productivity to emergency ultrasound, Philips offers the Sparq ultrasound system. Sparq combines ease-of-use with efficiency-enhancers like a Simplicity Mode that presents only the ultrasound functions used most often and AutoSCAN, which continuously adjusts the image gain while scanning, and can help a clinician identify tissue type. YNHH recently purchased a half dozen Sparq systems to help meet its high volume ultrasound imaging and needle guidance needs.

The department is led by Christopher Moore, M.D., a world-renowned thought leader, researcher and instructor in emergency medicine. Dr. Moore was involved in the early product development of Sparq. “Sparq puts Philips image quality into a compact, affordable package that is designed for use at the point of care,” said Dr. Moore.

“Innovations like a large articulated screen, embedded wireless capabilites and long battery life allow it to be used effectively at the bedside. The glass touch control panel is intuitive to use and button-free, which allows for easy cleaning.”

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Qualicode and CellTrak Deliver Integrated Mobile Scheduling and Health Record Solution

Qualicode and CellTrak Deliver Integrated Mobile Scheduling and Health Record Solution

  • New partnership brings together industry solution leaders to provide a new and improved experience for clients across Canada.

Qualicode Software and CellTrak Technologies announced today that they have entered into an expanded partnership agreement whereby CellTrak will contract its healthcare scheduling solutions (HC) to Qualicode and expand its strategic relationship with them. The new relationship will provide an integrated mobile solution with Qualicode’s industry leading scheduling software and CellTrak’s mobile solution platform bringing the new solution to Quebec and the rest of Canada. Qualicode is the leading software company in home and community care field in the province of Quebec. Their cost-effective software solution is found in over 125 health care facilities throughout Quebec, serving 65% of Community Health and Social Services centers (known as: Centre de santé et de services sociaux or CSSS) and 85% of Home Help Social Economy Companies (ÉESAD).

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