Healthcare IT

Health Information Technology

Health information technology (HIT) involves the exchange of health information in an electronic environment. Widespread use of HIT within the healthcare industry will improve the quality of healthcare, help prevent medical errors, reduce healthcare costs, increase administrative efficiencies, and decrease paperwork. It is vital the privacy and security of electronic health information be ensured as this information is maintained and transmitted electronically. HIT provides the umbrella framework to describe the comprehensive management of healthcare information across computerized systems and its secure exchange between consumers, providers, government, and insurers.

 

The United States Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) seek to establish standardized mechanisms for electronic data interchange (EDI), security, and confidentiality of all healthcare-related data. The Act mandates: standardized formats for all patient health, administrative, and financial data; unique identifiers (ID numbers) for each healthcare entity, including individuals, employers, health plans and health care providers; and security mechanisms to ensure confidentiality and data integrity for any information that identifies an individual. In addition to our IT expertise and knowledge of HIPAA and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), we are also knowledgeable in related areas such as Electronic Health Records (EHR) Selection and Implementation.

 

How will your practice benefit from WSA's HIT expertise?

Federal regulations are requiring all healthcare providers implement a form of EHR by a specified date and offering financial incentive. In fact, on November 30, 2011 Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius unveiled changes to the meaningful use program timeline. Under the changes, healthcare providers who attest to Stage 1 in 2011 and 2012 would not need to meet Stage 2 requirements until 2014, but they still would be eligible for the same total incentive payment amount.

 

Advances in Information Technology (IT) happen at a rapid rate and regulations are not able to keep up. Since IT plays a significant role in healthcare systems, WSA’s IT expertise, vast experience with critical healthcare applications such as Practice Management (PM) and Electronic Health Records (EHR) software, and understanding of the principles in The Nationwide Privacy and Security Framework for Electronic Exchange of Individually Identifiable Health Information (Privacy and Security Framework) make us the ideal choice for designing, building, integrating and maintaining your Healthcare IT systems.

 

WSA will Manage your IT so you can Manage your Practice

WSA will be the technical interface with your chosen software vendor. Our experience with healthcare software vendors such as Allscripts, GE, and eClincialWorks to name a few will help ensure your IT infrastructure fully supports your chosen PM and EHR software. It is important to note, WSA is independent of all healthcare software vendors which allows us to provide an unbiased opinion or recommendation.

 

Once implemented, the PM and EHR will be the lifeline of your business! WSA has successfully deployed, and currently maintains, IT solutions for small single location and large multi-location practices. Our managed services monitor your IT environment 24/7/365, allowing us to be proactive on routine maintenance and aware of any IT issues within minutes. This service is vital in keeping your IT systems online and available for business.

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