Tech Challenges in Today’s Healthcare Industry — and How to Manage Them
The advent of electronic health records (EHRs) have put a strain on in-house IT departments for many healthcare entities.
With the additional onus of strict compliance with federal and state privacy laws, many healthcare organizations are scrambling to keep up with digital innovations that could improve quality of care, reduce staff frustration, and keep costs in line.
Here are a few of the most common factors faced by the healthcare industry when considering technological transformation.
With IT departments struggling with the installation, maintenance, and upgrade of EHR systems, many care groups are finding it difficult to come up with extra money for technology. In addition, most hospitals operate under rigid annual budgets that make front-end investing difficult, as expenditures would have to be reduced in other areas.
However, alongside proper infrastructure assessments, technologies such as Managed Print and Managed Network services can assist in reducing the financial impact of tech support, maintenance, and overall costs on bottom lines, freeing up funds for use on other advantageous technologies.
Under both the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Acts, regulatory compliance requires that healthcare agencies safeguard sensitive patient data to the best of their abilities.
Recent breaches of electronic protected health information (ePHI) have shown that careful attention must be paid to providing additional safeguards and disabling non secure services and protocols.
This process is vastly simplified by a combination of Managed Network Services, Managed Print, and Document Management services that emphasize up-to-date security protocols and strictly managed access for secure data distribution.
Other technologies include bizhub SECURE healthcare, a groundbreaking way to further secure healthcare networks to ensure patient privacy.
To digitally transform, healthcare organizations must look for a system that can handle a variety of increasingly complex technologies — from the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) to the particular authentication and data distribution challenges that come with telemedicine.
Again, Managed Print and Managed Network Services, in conjunction with a Document Management system can provide the kind of strategic — and flexible — technologies that not only improve productivity and progress toward structured goals, but also work toward reducing overall costs to stay within budget.
Securing personal healthcare information and protecting communications while transferring patient data between locations are essential to regulatory compliance and cybersecurity best practices.
Healthcare data breaches are often predicated by user authentication deficiencies, endpoint leakage, and excessive user permissions.
Fortunately, Document Management software and programs like bizhub SECURE can assist in tightening up access to sensitive data, while Managed Print and Managed Network services provide an additional layer of security by keeping hardware and software up to date and providing further ways of limited and controlling access.
Integrating Output Applications with EHR/EMR
Today’s EHR/EMR is an encounter-based interface, but the drawback is that they haven’t been developed to support point-of-care clinical decision-making using support from a range of existing sources. To accomplish this, interoperability among systems is critical.
Healthcare agencies must be able to aggregate the data coming from biometric monitoring, health plans, other health systems, and more to improve patient diagnosis and care.
An Output Management solution provides a multi-channel delivery system for EHRs that can integrate with business application, workflow management tools, and even support watermarking or coding critical documents with compliance-specific language.
Targeted Solutions for the Healthcare Industry
At Perry proTech, we offer the right digital solutions for healthcare agencies that are targeting a high level of patient care within stringent budgets.
Our solutions range from entire systems created to serve your agency’s primary needs, whether they focus on information and data security, infrastructure optimization and maintenance, reduction of costs, or maximization of administrative and workflow efficiency.
In addition, we provide targeted technologies that maintain the ultimate security and analytics for handling, distributing, and properly utilizing sensitive information.
Just a few of the services we offer include:
- Infrastructure Assessment
- Managed Print Services
- Managed Network Services
- Document Management
- Secure Data Distribution
- Bizhub Secure Healthcare
- PaperCut Authentication
- Output Management Solutions
- Paper Trail Auditing
Our experts have industry-specific knowledge that allows them to properly assess your organizational needs. With this analysis, they can craft a detailed plan tailored to your specific needs and goals that will help digitally transform your organization within the scope of your current budget.
If you’re looking for ways to take your institution to the next level, contact a Perry proTECH representative today.