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Healthcare System Configuration and Collaboration

eHealthElectronic health records (EHR’s) are held in a complex system that must be configured properly to meet HIPAA rules and regulations. A good I.T. company such as Data-Fast Solutions can handle all aspects of your system configuration to ensure it not only meets, but exceeds the standards set forth by HIPAA guidelines. However, in order for a healthcare system to work optimally, healthcare professionals and I.T. developers should collaborate as a team before, during, and after the configuration.

To help with this implementation, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), has put together guidelines known as SAFER Guides which consist of nine guides to assist healthcare organizations with EHR safety. The SAFER Guides, used in conjunction with a highly reputable I.T. company such as Data-Fast Solutions, can ensure HIPAA guidelines are met.

The guide for system configuration provides a checklist for “recommended practices” and is broken down into the following sections:

Medical System ConfigurationPhase 1 - Safe Health I.T.

Part one of the checklist, Safe Health I.T., covers access points, hosting (physically and electronically), authentication mechanisms, system hardware and software testing, and ensures proper processes are in place to ensure data integrity throughout all phases of system configuration.

Phase 2 - Using Health I.T. Safely

Using Health I.T. Safely is part two of the checklist and looks at clinical content used, role based access systems, live production versus training and testing environments, system configuration settings that allow clinical practices to flow as intended, and computer interface usability.

Phase 3 - Monitoring Safety

The last part of the checklist, Monitoring Safety, ensures that the organization has processes and procedures in place to monitor configuration settings to determine if they’re working as intended.

The checklist also has corresponding worksheets, within the guide, that provide rationale for practice or risk assessment, suggested sources of input (clinicians, support staff, health I.T. support staff, etc.), and examples of useful scenarios.

While use of a SAFER Guide is not mandatory, it’s a useful tool to ensure your EHR’s are not compromised or left vulnerable to unwanted threats. In addition to the guide, it’s important to utilize an I.T. company, like Data-Fast Solutions, who is well-versed in HIPAA compliance.

The full guide for system configuration can be found at:

Contact Data-Fast Solutions to safely configure your healthcare system today.   

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