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Health information technology: Take steps to decrease risk when using technology

HIM-HIPAA Insider, March 23, 2015

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The healthcare industry is continuously evolving, and health information technology (HIT) is changing with it. Organizations should take advantage of the technology available to improve healthcare operations but must be aware of the risks that HIT can present.

 
As HIT brings innovations to the healthcare landscape, organizations must decide whether to continue trying to manage their own information technology (IT) infrastructure or embrace innovation and work with HIT organizations to help manage data, says Grant Elliott, chief executive officer of Ostendio, Inc., in Arlington, Virginia.
 
Organizations that are responsible for managing their own HIT programs may feel in control of their data, but ultimately run the risk of not being up to date with the latest technology. Those that opt to embrace innovation and look outside their organization for HIT solutions may remain on the cutting edge of technology, but must ensure that working with outside entities does not pose an increased risk to data security, Elliott says.
 
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