The Need For IT Management Companies in the Medical Industry
Technology in the medical field has grown to great heights in the past 30 years. From high-end imaging systems to smaller more precise diagnostic devices. Integrating both diagnostic modalities and every day office computer equipment is a necessity and a tedious task. There are many programs such as MediSoft, QuickBooks, Epic and proprietary RIS systems that need to be used to run these medical facilities. In addition to these programs, you will find that all of the individual modalities such as the CT scan, MRI scan, Ultrasound, X-ray machines all have their individual PACS programs. Transferring said images from the devices to onsite servers, offsite cloud servers and even offsite factors and facilities has become daily operations across the spectrum of medical care.
In addition to the software and equipment aspect, the network communication hardware in itself demands experience attention. A facility must have high-speed Internet connection, fast network switches, routers, firewalls and either Cat5e or Cat6 Ethernet cabling. This ensures safe and speedy communication of all data and information across the network. If data is not passed through the network quickly this will negatively affect the financial bottom-line of medical businesses and facilities.
Privacy and Compliance
Also due to changes in HIPPA compliance and privacy acts medical facilities cannot lose sight of having the proper IT management in place. Firewalls and secure VPN’s need to be set in place properly for secure transmission of data across the interoffice network and extranet beyond the routers on to the internet.
As of recent there has been an insurgence of Ransomeware created to target data from vulnerable medical facilities. These virus-type programs infect the network computers and servers encrypting all files on their hard drives. The only way to decrypt the data is by paying large sums of moneys to offshore pirating companies. eTERNAL Tech has just taken over an account in Pembroke Pines Hollywood, FL that was hit with a similar ransomeware. Here at eTERNAL we were able to immediately remove all instances of the ransomeware across the RIS PACS network system, along with all of the computers and servers. We were able to secure the firewall and all incoming and outgoing connections to ensure network security.
We Can Help
If you have any questions regarding this matter please feel free to contact eTERNAL Tech any time. eTERNALTechnologies.com services the Broward and Miami-Dade areas (Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Miramar, Weston, Miami Lakes, Miami, North Miami, etc).