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By: karim on October 8th, 2014

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The Value of Managed IT Services for Healthcare Providers in Chicago

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There is perhaps no single industry more closely intertwined with progressive technology than the healthcare field. Whether it’s highly technical surgical procedures, sophisticated diagnostic capabilities, or rich data storage, healthcare professionals are inundated with new technology and developments on a daily basis.

There comes a time when attempting to manage everything on your own becomes overwhelming. Healthcare service providers walk a very fine line when it comes to overextending resources and doing too much. One way to take the focus away from IT and put it back on caring for patients is to hire a managed service provider (MSP).

How the Health Care Industry Can Use MSPs

When first confronted with the idea of using an MSP, many employers and office managers shrug off the idea as too daunting or confusing. However, an increasing number of medical offices throughout the world are beginning to partner with MSPs — which means it’s not so strange after all. Depending on the provider you choose, your facility or company can expect a number of benefits over self-management:

  • Safeguard information. MSPs enable healthcare facilities to protect records and remain HIPAA compliant in the process. Whether it’s electronic health records, industry mandates, or patient information, the assistance of cloud servers and disaster recovery ensures information is safe and secure.
  • Effective communication. Large hospitals and multi-location practices often find it difficult to unify and streamline communication effectively. An MSP can easily resolve this issue, and ensuring all voice and telecom solutions are on the same page.
  • Save money. With recent cuts in funding and the implementation of more stringent industry requirements, it’s more important than ever to establish cost-effective IT alternatives. An MSP targets areas that are bleeding money and introduces solutions to reduce spending and improve efficiency.
  • BYOD. The ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) movement is becoming increasingly popular in the business world. However, when implemented in the healthcare industry, it becomes a bit trickier. HIPAA regulations and privacy requirements necessitate careful implementation and management. An MSP can allow practices to take advantage of the convenience of BYOD, while still following privacy rules.

As more and more businesses shift away from self-management and towards professional managed service providers, health service facilities and providers are taking notice. An MSP will adhere to HIPAA regulations and guidelines, and provide a number of benefits including better protection of information, effective communication, reduced expenses, improved focus, and the ability to implement a BYOD policy.

For a carefree IT experience backed by years of expertise, and experience with meeting HIPAA regulations and guidelines, contact Framework Communications today. We can provide you with more information on our managed IT services, cloud solutions, voice and telecom services, and BYOD implementation.