Posts Tagged ‘Medical’

 

Practice Fusion, robust free EMR community, recently announced 400 percent year over year growth in 2011.  According to their recent press release, over 130,000 medical professionals serving more than 28 million patients are currently using company’s free, web-based EMR system.

Practice Fusion offers complete solution integrating scheduling, charting, e-prescribing, lab integrations and referral letters for providers in small to medium practices.   It is no wonder that more physicians can now easily earn meaningful user incentive of up to $64,000 over the next few years.

 This would be good time to call Fixtro to set up a complimentary appointment to discuss your EMR/HER need.   We can help your understand Practice Fusion in more details and get you up and running in no time.

 Here are some great reasons to consider Practice Fusion:

 # 1 – It’s Free – Why pay for something you get for free.  No monthly fee at all.  Since you are not paying, you can cancel it anytime.  There is no contract and no money involved.

 # 2- Earn $44,000 – Take advantage of govt funding by showing the meaningful use of qualified HER system.  Did I mention – Practice Fusion is a Qualified EHR system.

 # 3 – No Server Needed – Guess what,  This Free EMR system is web based product.  You simply need an internet access and computer.  No server and no gadget is needed.

 #4 – Simplicity – Unlike other vendors, Practice Fusion is relatively straight forward. In most cases, you don’t need a consultant to get started. But consultant can help you put your concerns at ease and help you with training and set up.

 #5 – Security– You gets to keep your data safe and secure.  Practice Fusion use state of the art security and allows you to download your data anytime you wish.

 # 6 – Training – How about some free online training? You can start learning your new EMR system today. Simply log on to Practicefusion.com. Independent consultants like Fixtro are also locally available to help you get the most out of your EMR system.

 #7 – Community – You are not alone!  You will access to hundreds of templates created by others to make life easier.  You can ask question, seek advice or promote concern – all online 24/7.

 #8 – Data Imports – You can easily import your excel sheets into system.  We can also help you import data from your other legacy system.

 #9 – Free Upgrades – We get to take advantage of new features and products every week.  And it’s all free.

 #10 – Quick start Up – You can get up and running today. Just call Fixtro at 510-709-4030 or visit practicefusion.com

 

The importance of technical back-up to an administrative system is an unavoidable reality. The source and significance does not limit itself to prodigious multi-national business firms only. The need has become apparent in medical and health care units as well.

 A supporting case was reported a few days back when the Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia turned down all patients with Non-urgent medical conditions from admission owning to a “Virus” attack in their computing system. This limited possibilities of technical application and the administration found it difficult to cope with quick manual filing of procedure papers. Nonetheless this particular case is not the only instance that rings a warning bell. A similar incident occurred at New Zealand’s St John ambulance service. A certain un-identified malware attacked their computing system and interrupted online connectivity. As a result workers had to use manual radios.

 The primary cause of disruption still remains undiscovered. In all probabilities the management stated that the virus (Conficker or its variants) spread either from a USB stick or a personal laptop that a staff might have used on the sly. In both the above mentioned incidents, situations were restored in due time and functionally the management tidied the matter quite well. Another major instance that can be cited in reference to such technical failure is the London incident in 2008 when three hospitals were pulled down with more than 4700 computers being infected by a malware: Mytob.

 The resolve of such matters is not to keep every worker under physical surveillance; it is not a feasible idea. Rather the use of potent anti-virus protection, robust firewall, Intrusion protection program, Virtual private network system, URL blocking etc are viable options. A strong IT setup is required that will execute periodic scrutiny to keep the system in place and to keep it running unhindered. Industrial usage necessitates an effective technical build-up plan, a supportive strategizing that can work as an alternative in case the central system runs kaput. This is more than essential for a field as important as medicine and health. A little delay can cause loss of life which will go much against the reputation of an institution.

 Serious observational takes require the concerned management to consider all legislative lay-outs, the mandated protocols charted by Public Health Care Act. Conformity and compliance is a must.

 Take a look at your network one more time and ask the following questions.

 What preventive systems do we have in place?

      •  Network Security Devices
      • End Point Security
      • URL Filtering/Blocking
      • Email Security
      • Network Segmentation
      • Strong Passwords

 Are Employees Trained and Aware of Security?

      •  Employees should be trained on monthly basis.  They should be made aware of current trends and attacks going on in market.  They should be aware of the risk and how it will affect the practice and patients.
      • Have a network security policy that should be reviewed with each new employee.

 What will you do if your server or computers malfunction?

      •  Have a plan in place.  Play out the scenario with employees and see how they react to it and how quickly they can move to contingency plan.

 Give Fixtro a call to get a free network assessment.  Learn and understand the risk you may be taking. 

 

How much a potential HIPPA security violation can cost a health care provider?

In a recent incident, HHS entered into a resolution agreement with the UCLA Health System to settle the potential violations of the Privacy and Security Rules.  UCLAHS agrees to settle the complaints for $865,500 and has dedicated to a corrective action plan that will fill in the gaps in its compliance with the rules.

Basis of investigation was complaints filed on behalf of two known celebrity patients claiming that University of California Los Angles Health System employees repetitively and without acceptable reason looked at the electronic protected health information of these and other UCLAHS patients.

Investigators also found that UCLAHS did not provide and/or document the provision of necessary and appropriate Privacy and Security rule training for all the members of its workforce to carry out their job duties

Authorities also pointed that UCLAHS failed to implement security measures sufficient to reduce the risk of such impermissible access to protected electronic health information by authorized users to a reasonable and appropriate level.

You can read the detail resolution here.