Five Ways to Securely and Efficiently Share Medical Records

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If you eliminate a way of doing business, make sure there's a suitable alternative. IT must provide secure, compliant, and easy-to-use tools for securely exchanging and transferring sensitive patient information. The tools should meet all compliance requirements, such as HITECH, HIPAA, ACA, and others, and cater to the diverse file transfer and on-demand needs of today's health care organizations. Remember: If you don't provide a strong, easy-to-use tool, employees will circumvent its use and find another way to be productive.

Care providers face an urgent, internal battle every day: security and compliance versus productivity and service. For most health care organizations, the fight is an easy one. Providing quick, high-quality care wins almost every single time.

Much to the dismay of health care IT, though, this often leads medical professionals to circumvent established policies and choose faster, more convenient — and usually less secure — methods of moving and sharing patient records and sensitive information. In fact, according to a 2013 report released by The Open Security Foundation, more than 2,600 health care data breaches occurred in 2012, exposing 267 million-plus records. While these breaches cannot all be directly linked back to the security versus productivity dilemma, they highlight the need for change.

Here are five ways, identified by GlobalSCAPE, Inc., a leading provider of secure, information exchange solutions, that medical IT professionals can better partner with their team of providers to guarantee that care, speed, security, and compliance all remain priorities.

 

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