Keeping up with HIPAA and healthcare IT regulations can be a full-time job, if it is done in-house. However, most companies can outsource the liabilities associated with non-compliance by hiring Information Technology (IT) experts who can make sure the small hospital or physician’s office is in compliance, even when they aren’t aware of all the details. This can reduce the need to hire in-house technology experts who spend a lot of their time just keeping informed on HIPAA and healthcare IT issues. It also provides a much leaner IT workforce, but one that is uniquely qualified to provide the four basic offerings necessary to be in compliance: protecting data, limiting and managing access to sensitive medical information, implementing disaster recovery and emergency protocols when necessary, and monitoring network security.
Putting together a healthcare IT team does not have to intimidate you. In fact, many of the critical members on any healthcare IT team are not what you normally imagine when you think of technology jobs. Your existing infrastructure already employs many people who should be part of that team. Others may need to be added to your company in order to pave the way to an increasingly tech-oriented future.