As a business owner, you may feel a little leery about trusting your IT network to “the cloud.” You’re used to having your servers physically present in some closet in the office. How can it be safe if it were located offsite in some remote place?
The truth is, you’re probably using a lot of cloud services without even realizing it. Microsoft’s Office 365 and many online file sharing solutions are cloud based.
Stay Current without Paying for Upgrades
Think about the last time you had to purchase network hardware. Maybe you don’t want to think about it because it was a stressful decision. It was likely a major capital expense that you knew would not last for more than a few years. Software upgrades can sometimes render hardware obsolete long before you’re ready to make that investment again.
One of the benefits of using cloud services is that you never have to worry about hardware maintenance, or how long the hardware will remain useful, or when to upgrade. That happens automatically, typically with no additional cost, and no stressful decisions. Your cloud computing provider is responsible for keeping their servers and other hardware updated – and they always will! It’s in their best interest. Sometimes, even software upgrades are included, depending on the program.
Are you ready to embrace the cloud? Currently 95% of businesses are using cloud services in some form. mPowered IT’s Embrace program for cloud services makes it easy and affordable to transition to cloud-based services so your business can immediately enjoy the safety, security and savings.
If you never again want to worry about the cost of upgrading hardware – or the cost of putting off those upgrades – call mPowered IT. We can help you with a custom solution that fits your exact business needs.
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Electronic storage of medical records has proven to be beneficial for patients, doctors, and the environment, but it does come with potential security issues. Patient records must remain HIPAA compliant, even in a disaster. Patient records can be compromised by a natural disaster like a hurricane or flood, a system failure, or even human intrusion. It happens.
A HIPAA Disaster Recovery Plan is a Compliance Requirement!
A HIPAA disaster recovery plan is not an option, but a requirement, as defined within the HIPAA Contingency Plan standard in the Administrative Safeguards section of the HIPAA Security Rule. Here is what is expected in a standard HIPAA disaster recovery plan:
- A HIPAA-compliant disaster recovery plan must state how operations will be conducted in an emergency and which workforce members are responsible for carrying out those operations. The plan must also explain how data will be moved without violating HIPAA standards for privacy and security.
- It must also explain how confidential data and safeguards for that data will be restored. Although HIPAA doesn’t specify exactly how to do this, it does note that failure to adequately recover from a disaster could lead to noncompliance. Failure to comply exposes officers of the organization to repercussions, such as fines or jail time.
- Organizations must have an administrative authority in charge of managing and enforcing HIPAA compliance rules, regulations and efforts. There should be a clear set of guidelines in place regulating who is and isn’t permitted to access patient information. All access to sensitive data and systems should be monitored.
Meeting all these HIPAA Disaster Recovery plan requirements may seem overwhelming, but mPowered IT can help with different options to help your practice mitigate risks and have a recovery plan.
Why risk noncompliance in a disaster, when you can prevent it? Call mPowered IT. We fully understand HIPAA compliance and ensure your medical office stays within it.
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