If there’s one thing we can say about our industry, it’s that when it comes to technology, we are lagging behind. Sure, healthcare has state of the art medical equipment, but you wouldn’t guess it by looking at the average Practice’s website and administrative technologies. So where is the disconnect?
Earlier this week, our organization spoke with a Behavior Health Provider about the HIPAA Compliance of their Digital and IT Systems. One of the services we offer at our company is Audit Readiness Reviews and IT Risk Management, a critical need in the Healthcare industry. However, this provider quickly stopped us and said: “we aren’t digital, yet.”
Today’s workforce cares as much about convenience as it does security. This puts a burden on IT Security Professionals that need to balance the wants and needs of their employees with the rules and regulations surrounding Protected Health Information.
It’s no secret that the for-profit nature of the American Healthcare Industry leaves many feeling like they are seen as a Customer and not a Patient. To make matters worse, much like the convoluted Legalese used by Lawyers to tip the odds in their favor, Medical billing has become a tool to make providers more money and keep Patients from asking about it.
It’s an easy trap to fall into. You haven’t been hit with any fines or warnings about HIPAA Compliance violations in all your years of operation, so you must be all set, right? Unfortunately, even the most HIPAA Compliant Providers might be falling short and not even know it.