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Healthcare IT – A Decision Maker’s Guide to Cloud Computing and Managed Server Hosting

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This document explains the difference between dedicated, virtual, public cloud, and private cloud hosting environments; along with essential information that healthcare professionals may require.

We introduce the concept of virtualization, its many benefits, and the reasons why it effectively contends with dedicated hosting services. Virtualization has created new possibilities and opportunities for the healthcare segment of technology. Healthcare IT professionals specializing in virtualization technologies have recently found more attractive and lucrative opportunities, especially with the new Healthcare Reform and healthcare IT initiatives introduced during the Obama administration.

Virtualization is the technology behind cloud computing, and it makes a vast pool of network resources a genuine possibility.

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HIPAA Overview and Four Questions for Web Hosts About Compliance

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For those in healthcare IT, HIPAA has been a major concern since it was passed in 1996. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act has two main sections – Title I and Title II. Title I is about portability. In a nutshell, it deals with individual rights related to health insurance, especially group health insurance when a person is laid off or switching employers. Continue reading

Electronic Medical Records in a Data Center Environment

Physicians today are faced with many obstacles due to recent regulations created by Health Care Reform. Some practitioners are asking themselves, “How do I provide outstanding quality health care in the face of an increasingly complex regulatory system? Where am I going to find the time and resources to implement an EMR system?” Many doctors are in the precarious position of having to manage and troubleshoot complex IT, EMR and billing systems. Keeping up to date with the latest HIPAA and HITECH compliance and security requirements is expensive, time consuming, and difficult.

Atlantic.Net believes that the business of health care exists to facilitate the practice of good medicine. Efforts should be focused on and directed towards healing the sick, not managing their IT infrastructure. As physicians in the community become tasked with the technical aspect of running their practices, they are focusing less on healing the sick. With more resources becoming available to practitioners, however, the opportunities for their practice’s growth is increasing exponentially. With an increase in patients and a decreased interest in managing their data, many are considering outsourcing their EMR and other IT strategies to Service Providers in order to shift focus back onto the patient. Continue reading

Impact of Healthcare on IT Industry – A Fresh Prospective from the HIMSS 9th Annual Conference

With the passage of Healthcare Reform by Congress, there is a lot of talk about healthcare in the IT business community.  Healthcare already accounts for about $2 trillion in federal spending each year; almost one out of every seven dollars spent in the U.S is related to healthcare.  It looks as if billions more will be funneled into the healthcare IT segment, thanks to the new federal initiatives that require health care providers to maintain medical records electronically.  This explains why almost every technology vendor out there is evaluating and exploring opportunities within the health care sector.

We sent Sam G. to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Expo (HIMSS) in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this month to do some investigating.

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HITECH Act – New HIPAA Privacy Law and the Service Providers

I was recently interviewed by Ms. Melanie Azam of the Orlando Business Journal for her story about the new HIPAA privacy laws taking effect on February 17, 2010, passed as part of the 2009 stimulus package.  She wrote an informative article about the new HIPAA regulations, which will affect companies that service the health care providers.

As discussed in the article, these new regulations will have a major impact on companies that deal with electronic medical health records, as they affect both the storage and safety of health-related records.  The newly passed Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act applies to the service providers and accounting, software, and law firms working with medical records and medical providers, leaving many companies scrambling to get on board with the new, more rigorous privacy laws and regulations. Continue reading

Dedicated Hosting, Cloud Computing or Virtualization?

In the world of gigabits and terabytes there is a lot going on – new products are being developed and the plethora of information that you have been told about securing your data as a business owner can be, from time to time, overwhelming. You aren’t the CIO and you don’t employ an arsenal of IT staff to help guide you through the decision of migrating your data into a secure Data Center . You’re inundated with choices and weary of company salesmen who may or may not be trying to over sell you. Every web hosting service has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. It is crucial for every business owner to familiarize themselves with the different types of services a Hosting Provider offers before researching your data center . So how do you know what service is the right fit for your company?  Continue to read and see where you feel your company fits best before signing on the dotted line.
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