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IT Services in Miami Are Revitalizing Healthcare

Surprising Applications

IT services in Miami are providing security and IoT network solutions for more and more healthcare clients. The Internet of Things expedites healthcare delivery. Additionally, you’re going to see increased accuracy and record-keeping. The only downside to modern IoT integration is security and MSP solutions are quickly covering gaps which result from new tech.

There are several reasons for vulnerability: legacy equipment, uninformed individuals operating equipment, legacy software, and over-complicated networks that are impossible to fully monitor. All these problems can be overcome by an MSP, making it possible for healthcare industries to experience the substantial benefits IoT solutions provide. Four notable ones include:

  • Inventory management
  • Healthcare workflow optimization
  • Medical device integration
  • Protection of high-risk patients, like newborns

Inventory Management

IT services in Miami can help healthcare facilities keep track of and allocate inventory resources more cohesively via IoT. What’s very interesting here is that many retail industries have already paved a trail here, allowing medical institutions to simply appropriate their best practices. MSPs are, again, instrumental in doing this quickly as well as effectively. As it turns out, many organizations in healthcare have yet to fully employ such solutions. This is a great way to get an edge up on competitive healthcare facilities while simultaneously cutting operational costs through redundancy reduction and providing better care for your patients.

Healthcare Workflow Optimization

RFID tags, wristbands, and ID badges can all be continuously tracked, detailing daily employee routes as well as daily equipment routes. Programs can automatically suggest optimization solutions which can be accepted or discarded as necessary. Certainly some physicians will need more elasticity in operations, but there are certain support personnel whose activities can be optimized cost-effectively.

Medical Device Integration

Have you heard of the “Fitbit”? This is a consumer device worn on the wrist which catalogs daily fitness routines and uploads them to the cloud where they can be kept perpetually, allowing you to see a record of your physical development over time. In the healthcare industry, there are many devices of this kind which can be seamlessly integrated into operations. Some examples include glucometers, blood pressure cuffs, and tech which collects information pertaining to vital signs. Such devices can expand operational effectiveness while simultaneously facilitating optimization.

Protection of High-Risk Patients like Newborns

Medical device integration leads to specific protections. Imagine if a certain vital dropped into “the orange” from “the green,” and the physician chiefly concerned with the patient being monitored were immediately notified on his or her mobile device. Now imagine that said notification goes out to a dozen qualified personnel, and the first one to respond on the device checks in on the patient. This way those busy with others can continue their work, and an issue that may be life-ending can be stopped before it becomes a threat. When it comes to patients on life-support and newborn babies— especially premature babies— such monitoring could be the only thing that keeps them alive.

Upgrading Your Healthcare Institution

IT services in Miami can simultaneously save your healthcare facility money while optimizing operations and providing better patient services. You’ll need to secure your IoT networks, though. MSP support through Michell Consulting Group can provide just that. Contact us to boost your healthcare institution into the modern world.

Developers Are Building Blockchain-Based App for Health Records

Many industries depend on their IT working properly to function as intended, and healthcare is among them. Prior to 2009, information technology had failed to take root, but with the passing of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act), the health industry is much more involved and reliant on IT than it has ever been before.

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Building a Strong Cyber Defense for Your Healthcare Business with IT Support in Miami

One of the ongoing trends that no business can avoid is increasing cybercrime. That’s why it’s especially important to work with a skilled and knowledgeable IT support team in Miami. They can keep your business safe with both technology and expertise. Here are some of the significant ways that managed services providers (MSPs) can protect your infrastructure:

Convenience vs. Risk

A well-trained IT support team in Miami understands the trade-off between digital tools for customer convenience and the risks that interactive technology poses. Sharing confidential information online to avoid traveling several miles or sending documentation by mail can save time and money for both health organizations and patients. Digitizing medical records has greatly improved the quality of health care. But it also creates opportunities for hackers to steal data, often to sell to other cybercriminals.

Meeting Government Compliance

Your IT team can use its resources to still allow private sharing of information online as long as they comply with government regulations, such as HIPAA and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 (HITECH). The latter was designed to promote the adoption and meaningful use of Electronic Health Records (EHR). Here are the three stages of HITECH requirements:

  • Meet core health care objectives and 6 Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs)
  • Providers must use EHRs in sophisticated ways when transmitting data
  • Use of security best practices including tools to encrypt EHR and email

The reason encryption is difficult for hackers to crack is that it scrambles login codes with a long digital key, making them hard to decipher. Properly encrypted files and emails are considered secured, which provides protection against breach notification requirements. Stage 1 doesn’t require encryption, but it’s still a good idea since it meets HIPAA compliance. When an organization reaches stage 2, which involves sharing EHRs, they should emphasize digital tools that provide convenience so that parties are not tempted to switch to easy-to-use but less secure email.

Limits of Security Solutions

Even though encryption is one of the safest methods to protect data, there are other areas of technology that are not as bulletproof. Patients and employees, for example, can still use insecure usernames and passwords that are easy for hackers to exploit. Antivirus software works as a security layer, but not as a stand-alone wall around confidential data. You need multiple security layers that include firewalls and 24/7 monitoring.

Working with an IT support team in Miami is the key to maximizing security. You must implement the most robust security strategies available to avoid breaches and penalties. Contact us at Michell Consulting Group to learn more about how we can protect your data.

Is It Possible For Machine Learning to Help Treat Patients?

There is no denying there is a standing partnership between IT and Healthcare. With costs inflating at a nearly-uncontrollable rate the healthcare industry has started to lean on IT to try and make the delivery of care more efficient. Today, we’ll take a look at healthcare IT, and how the industry is working to use innovative new technologies such as machine learning to provide operational efficiency resulting in better care.

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Smaller Practices are Choosing Cloud-Based EHR

The medical field has spawned all kinds of new technology that takes patient care to the next level. Regulations demand that even smaller practices need to make the jump to electronic medical record systems (also known as electronic health records). These EMR/EHR solutions provide an interface that give providers and patients a way to keep themselves connected to each other–a tool to promote a more efficient delivery method for these services. We’ll take a look at these EMR and EHR solutions that are hosted in the cloud, giving your organization more information to make an educated choice on implementing this software.

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