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5 Ways to Improve Your MSP Service Level Agreement (SLA)

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5 Ways to Improve Your MSP Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

SLAs are the foundation of your MSP business. They are essential to building strong client relationships and must be clear, reasonable and well-constructed.

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How to Become an Expert on HIPAA Compliance

Posted by Britany DiCicco on November 2, 2017

How to Become an Expert on HIPAA Compliance

All the sensitive data that’s created and stored today—especially within the healthcare industry—has caused an increased demand for special attention, meaning that it’s more important than ever for managed service providers (MSPs) to fully understand HIPAA compliance. Not only does this mean knowing what it is, but what you need to do to be HIPAA compliant and what the consequences entail if you try to serve clients in the healthcare field without being compliant.

As mentioned in my previous blog, privately owned medical practices are becoming a principal target of cyber-attacks; therefore, the medical industry needs to be well prepared to prevent such threats from penetrating their network. As doctors are not usually security experts, they rely heavily on their MSPs to make sure they have the proper tools in place to maintain HIPAA compliance and protect them from cybercrime. Here are some key strategies that will help you become an expert on HIPAA compliance and uphold your promises to healthcare clients.

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Topics: HIPAA, Healthcare IT, Cybersecurity and Threat Management

Examining HITECH, Its Impact on HIPAA Regulations and the Consequences of Non-Compliance

Posted by Britany DiCicco on October 17, 2017

Examining HITECH, Its Impact on HIPAA Regulations and the Consequences of Non-Compliance

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was signed into effect in 2009, and upon its mandate, $19.2 billion was allocated toward increasing the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) by physicians and hospitals. However, this increase in healthcare data being managed electronically ultimately made the medical community vulnerable to data breaches as their patient’s personal information became high risk. Because of this, the HITECH Act had a significant effect on the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), where regulations needed to become more stringent in order to combat the enhanced risk of cyber threats.

HITECH changed the game drastically by expanding the compliance requirements of HIPAA. In fact, the original HIPAA requirements pale in comparison. What’s more, it forced healthcare organizations to make compliance a top priority. If you’re an IT provider servicing the healthcare industry, here are the most significant changes you need to be aware of.

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Topics: HIPAA, Healthcare IT, Cybersecurity and Threat Management

Understanding HIPAA and Healthcare IT: Part 1

Posted by Britany DiCicco on September 15, 2017

Understanding HIPAA and Healthcare IT: Part 1

Before the beginning of 2017, Experian predicted that the healthcare sector would be the most targeted sector for cyber criminals to exploit. In May of this year, that prediction came to life when the malware known as WannaCry caused 37 of the health trusts in the UK’s National Health Service to shut down, eventually spreading across 150 countries. Unfortunately, this is just one of many cyber attacks that healthcare organizations have recently faced. Today, these organizations are seeking aid with HIPAA compliance and increased security, causing them to look to managed services providers (MSPs) for help.

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Topics: Information Security, HIPAA, Healthcare IT

What Should MSPs Know About the HIPAA Security Rule?

Posted by Britany DiCicco on August 15, 2017

What Should MSPs Know About the HIPAA Security Rule?

Today, managed services providers (MSPs) who service clients in the healthcare industry have to worry about compliance—it’s simply part of the job. These MSPs offer their services to small- and medium-sized medical practices who rely on them to keep their security architecture safe and compliant with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). Bearing the burden of this responsibility means that MSPs must have encyclopedic knowledge about HIPAA, and also have the proper security tools in place to meet the stringent requirements that are associated with HIPAA compliance.

As the healthcare industry continues to move away from paper processes and adopt new technologies, they are becoming increasingly prone to cyber attacks. It’s now more important than ever for MSPs to fully understand the HIPAA Security Rule and enable the medical practices they serve to remain compliant.

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Topics: Information Security, HIPAA, Healthcare IT

HIPAA 2016 - New Audits Under Way

Posted by Mary Crogan on July 21, 2016

According to HealthcareInfoSecurity.com, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR), which is responsible for HIPAA enforcement, has launched phase two of their HIPAA Audit Program in an effort to review the policies and procedures adopted by covered entities and their business associates.

If the OCR auditors come knocking, will you and/or your clients be ready?

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Topics: Industry News, HIPAA, Healthcare IT

Why HIPAA Compliance is the Next Big Revenue Opportunity for MSPs

Posted by Joseph Tavano on July 20, 2016

While HIPAA Compliance and Security a big buzzwords these days, there is actually a massive opportunity out there for MSPs to re-position their business to offer both security and compliance services to the SMB market. But how can you be sure it’s worth the time investment?

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Topics: HIPAA, Podcast

Ransomware Meets Healthcare: How We Protect Patient Data

Posted by Jaq Baldwin on July 6, 2016

This month a hacker with the handle "Dark Overlord" has been making news after successfully stealing thousands of healthcare records and holding them for ransom. According to Boing Boing, Dark Overlord was able to acquire 48,000 records from a healthcare organization in Farmington, Missouri; hundreds of thousands from Atlanta, Georgia and the Central/Midwest US as well as nine million patient insurance details. As if that weren't enough, on Tuesday the notorious hacker also stole the information of 34,000 New York healthcare patients. And just what kind of payout is up for grabs for greedy ransomware authors looking to exploit healthcare institutions? Dark Overlord is demanding 750 Bitcoin (or $513,682.50)! So what does this mean for MSPs?

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Topics: Data Protection, HIPAA, Healthcare IT, Continuity247

Top 3 Questions MSPs Have About HIPAA Compliance

Posted by Hunter Smith on June 1, 2016

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliance is a complex, but critical issue for many businesses. For many of these businesses who outsource their IT management needs, the onus for ensuring HIPAA compliance falls on these managed services providers (MSPs), like yourself. Your clients in the healthcare industry will likely pepper you with lots of questions and concerns around staying HIPAA compliant and avoiding the costly consequences of a HIPAA violation.

Here are the three most commonly asked questions about HIPAA compliance for MSPs. 

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Topics: Data Protection, Information Security, HIPAA, Healthcare IT

HIPAA Compliance Checklist - Updated for 2016

Posted by Brandon Garcin on May 20, 2016

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliance is designed to protect patient privacy and set standards for how medical records can be shared and how they must be safeguarded. HIPAA compliance isn’t just for those directly within the healthcare industry, however - in fact, nearly anyone dealing with electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) including doctors, hospital technicians and yes, the healthcare Managed IT Services Providers (MSPs) who manage hospital computers and networks in the cloud are required to be HIPAA compliant.

What does that mean for YOU?

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Topics: Industry News, HIPAA, Healthcare IT

4 Can't-Ignore Steps to Mastering Your MSP Vertical

Posted by Mike Barnes on April 27, 2016


In Which of These 3 MSP Pricing Strategies is Right for You?, I explained the types of pricing packages available to MSPs, how to choose a pricing package that works best for you and how to fit it into your existing model. Now let’s look at an area that can be the source of a new revenue stream: positioning your MSP as a vertical market specialist.

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Topics: Sales and Marketing, HIPAA, Healthcare IT, Navigate 2016

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