Lock Down Privacy and Increase Savings

It seems that only after a major disaster happens that problems are then addressed and sometimes fixed. That is especially true in the world of security and HIPAA.

As director of technology for Kettering Medical Center Network, Burritt is in charge of the technology infrastructure for a group of five hospitals and 51 medical facilities in the Dayton, Ohio area, all within 40 miles of each other. The network supports some 10,000 users and 6,000 connected devices, ranging from servers to notebook computers and PDAs.

He estimates that if the network ever failed, it could cost his organization a million dollars a day.

Locking down the network can be especially tough for health-care organizations, with their typical mix of paper and electronic records, the need for long record retention, and the move to digital imaging. With the passage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) security rule last April, protection of electronic records has been shoved to the forefront. (HIPAA’s privacy rule has been in effect for several years, depending on the size of the organization.)

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