5 Ways Managed IT Services Can Enhance Healthcare IT Operations

Applications are the lifeblood of any organization, but managing a mission-critical applications environment can be challenging, especially with limited IT staff and budget. The complexity increases with the addition of tasks such as: data management/business intelligence, security controls and network monitoring.

Managed IT Services can streamline the process and provide the right mix of security, scalability, reliability and flexibility required to transform healthcare IT. Healthcare organizations already under pressure to maintain their own IT services with tight budgets are increasingly seeking managed IT services providers to manage a portion of their IT operations.

New Question: What Can Be Managed by a Third Party?

The question for healthcare organizations is no longer, should we engage a third party Managed Services Provider to help manage our IT operations, rather the question now is what can be securely and efficiently managed by a services provider?

In the Healthcare Industry Task Force’s June 2017 report on “Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry“, the task force recommends that small and medium-sized healthcare providers evaluate options to migrate patient records and legacy systems to secure environments (e.g., hosted, cloud, shared computer environments).

Solutions for reducing risk can be internal, however, medical personnel are not usually trained or experienced in risk discovery and elimination. One of the most effective and protection and management solution is an experienced comprehensive Managed Services Provider with full hardware, software and flexible services capabilities

Motivators Driving Healthcare Organizations to Managed IT Operations

There are a number of motivators that are driving healthcare organizations to managed IT operations (and to the cloud), such as cost control, ease of use, difficulty in staffing IT positions due to technical experience needed, high salaries and perhaps hospital location, availability, security, etc.

Migrating to the cloud and/or managed IT operations also gives organizations an opportunity to move to a more secure solution by introducing state of the art information security tools that they would have to acquire at a nearly prohibitive cost otherwise. More and more, hospital leaders recognize that they cannot keep up with the costs to maintain their own IT and Information Security departments. This motivation to move to the managed IT operations often opens the door to new innovations.

Secure-24 provides a complete solution to managing your infrastructure with full managed IT and security services, including provision of a Chief Information Security Officer and HIPAA compliant Policy and Procedure writing services if needed. Our total solution means that you can concentrate on applications, business intelligence, serving clinicians, and streamlining IT processes to improve patient care and the organization’s overall bottom line.

There are a number of additional motivators for managed IT operations.

Check out our infographic, “5 Ways Managed IT Operations Enhances Healthcare IT Operations.

Author, John Brady, CISSP is Chief Information Security Officer of Secure 24. He provides information security advisory services to clients in addition to his leadership role in the company.