The Integrity Blog

Insight into what questions dental and medical practices should ask managed IT providers as they are searching for one. The checklist also dives into red flags to be on the look-out for.

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Telehealth-EHR Integration & Managed IT: Supercharging Telehealth

Telehealth services are growing in importance, in part because of the global health challenges that were demonstrated during the COVID pandemic. This shift in healthcare is set to transform medical offices and reshape patient care expectations.

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Trying To Make Sense of IT at Your Dental Office? Try Managed IT From Integrity Systems!

Dentists who are busy seeing patients don't have much time to worry about office technology. However, failing to understand how tech affects the way an office runs and the way patients are treated is a big mistake. Instead of spending valuable time on frustrating computer issues, a savvy move is to consider options for outsourcing IT services.

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How to Choose a Managed IT Service Provider Checklist

Insight into what questions dental and medical practices should ask managed IT providers as they are searching for one. The checklist also dives into red flags to be on the look-out for.

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HIPAA Wall of Shame: A Vital Guide and Warning for Healthcare Providers

What Is the HIPAA Wall of Shame? In 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) created the HIPAA Wall of Shame to ensure healthcare data transparency. The purpose is to inform the public about Protected Health Information (PHI) breaches and to encourage healthcare providers to have better data security.

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Data Security

Can Your Medical Office Stay Ahead of Cyber Criminals?

If you prioritize finding the best IT solutions for your medical office, you're ahead of the game. Many practices don't spend much time addressing medical information security and patient privacy. Their lack of oversight could cost them BIG.

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Why Nurturing Long-Term IT Partnerships in Healthcare Is Paramount for Seamless Operations

Forging and nourishing good partnerships is essential in any business, and for medical or dental practices, the bond with managed IT providers is paramount. Choose a trusted, locally managed IT service provider for seamless collaboration and optimal support.

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Signs That Your Medical or Dental Office Needs Managed IT Services

After trying to handle your IT needs on your own, you may be frustrated and wondering: Do I need managed IT services? Your medical or dental office may benefit greatly from choosing a managed IT service provider instead of a DIY approach. This blog explains what IT service management is, signs you need one, and how to choose the best one for your practice.

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8 Ways to Improve Patient Satisfaction in Dental Practices

Every dental practice should look for ways to enhance and improve their patient experiences. Some of them are intuitive, while others aren't so obvious.

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Considering IT Services for Your Medical Practice or Dental Office? Here Are the Questions You Should Be Asking

Technology can be something of a double-edged sword for medical practices and dental offices. When deftly configured to meet the needs of these and other healthcare operations, IT can streamline tasks, maintain patient privacy, and support improved outcomes. But getting it right requires experience, planning and expertise.

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Here's How Healthcare IT Support Can Shift the Burden for Medical Professionals

Medical professionals need every type of relief possible to offset excessively high burnout rates. An article published by U.S. News & World Report indicates that 56 percent of nurses, 54 percent of clinical staff, and 47 percent of doctors struggle with work-related stress. Heavy workloads are causing our vital healthcare providers to consider changing careers. Outsourcing managed IT services for healthcare organizations can deliver the critical support they need.

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The Invaluable Role of Technology in Small Medical Offices

Technology is a necessity in the modern business world. It plays a crucial role in helping small medical offices succeed by improving efficiency, patient care, and overall operations.

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Prep Your Medical Office for Tax Time: Use These Tips To Take Advantage of Section 179

If you’re in the black at the end of the year, your business is in a good place. Unfortunately, having leftover cash isn't great for your tax situation. If you need to reduce your taxable income by boosting your spending before the end of December, we're here to help.

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Data Security  |  Practice Continuity

Cyberthreat Protection: Beyond Firewalls and Filters

In late 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services warned of a growing ransomware threat that might impact the dental community, pointing to new ransomware operators that aggressively target the healthcare sector with increasingly sophisticated methods. In addition, according to a recent Health-ISAC and Booz Allen Hamilton report, ransomware remains at the top of healthcare cyberthreats, followed by phishing and spear-phishing attacks, third-party or partner breaches, data breaches, and insider threats.

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Data Security  |  IT Support

Keep Your Practice Covered with Video Surveillance

You can’t have eyes on your practice every moment, but you do have the technology at your disposal to make sure it’s covered 24/7: video surveillance.

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Practice Continuity

Business Continuity: Having a Plan Matters

You rarely get advance notice when disaster strikes. Even if you are fully prepared for it, things can unfold in unexpected ways. To give your business and your technology protection in the face of any unforeseen event, you need a guide: a business continuity plan.

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IT Support

3 Keys to Avoiding Dental Practice Technology Mistakes

As modern dentistry evolves, new products are constantly entering the market, all with the ability to outperform old technology. While investing in the latest and greatest should save time and money, that’s not always the case.

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Dental  |  IT Support

Technology Needs for New Dentists

For any practice, foundational technology is a key factor for the operation. But how do you determine those needs? First and foremost, notes Jon Northway, co-founder and Senior Technology Consultant at Integrity Systems & Solutions (ISS), defining requirements starts with the type of practice you will have. Are you a general dentist, or do you specialize in a particular area, like endodontics, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, etc.? Understanding practice direction informs workflow and technology criteria.

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IT Support  |  Network Assessment

The Benefits of an Integrity Technology Evaluation

Among the first steps Integrity Systems & Solutions takes in onboarding new clients is a technology evaluation.

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Practice Continuity

How the Right IT Support Enables Retention

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IT Support

Understanding Firewalls: Your Practice’s Technology Sentinel

Most of us have a basic understanding around the concept of firewalls: They are network security hardware systems or software applications (sometimes a combination of both) that monitor and control incoming and outgoing network traffic based on predetermined security rules. A firewall typically establishes a barrier between a trusted network and an untrusted network, like the Internet.

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Dental

Tracking the 2023 Trends in Dentistry | ISS

In 2022, we continued to see the adoption of digital dentistry across our clients’ practices. The trends we covered last year—smart toothbrushes, 3D printers, augmented reality (AR), intra-oral cameras, and more—appear to be part of a continuing move into dental digital transformation.

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Data Security  |  HIPAA Guidelines

Resolving HIPAA Pain Points

The Right of Access Initiative by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was introduced in 2019. On September 20, 2022, the OCR noted that three new investigations pertaining to patients' right of access under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)—focused chiefly on dental practices—were underway. With these additional investigations, the OCR has issued 41 enforcement actions since the initiative began.

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IT Support

Taking a Deeper Dive into Practice Management Software

The benefits of practice management software, especially as they relate to scheduling, billing, and targeted report generation, are not a secret.

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Practice Continuity

Breaking Down the Delegation Barrier in Your Practice

As a principal in your practice, you own everything. Not just the physical assets, but every aspect of workflow. Given how important that is, it can be tough to delegate, especially if your practice is fairly new or growing.

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IT Support  |  Practice Continuity

5 Dental Office Management Tips to Grow Your Practice

Managing a dental practice can be a challenge, but assuring that every patient receives quality care from friendly, trained professionals comes with the territory. Additionally, only a well-managed practice can grow and evolve into a thriving business. Here, we’ll discuss dental office management as well as five tips that can help get your practice growing.

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IT Support

How to Successfully Transition into Digital Dental Technology

As a dental professional, you pride yourself on delivering to your patients the highest-caliber healthcare. Being proactive regarding digital dentistry can be key to putting your patients first. Dental technology is constantly advancing, and you’ll want to stay on top of the changes.

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IT Support  |  Practice Continuity

What to Look for in Your Dental IT Support

Whether you’re in the process of opening up a new practice or you’re simply in the market for a new IT partner, it can be difficult to choose a provider.

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Data Security  |  Network Assessment

Why Your Practice Should Outsource Its Network Assessment

Some dental practices don’t see the value in a proper network assessment or the need for cybersecurity. But network security is critical in the dental field, as healthcare companies are at a much higher risk for attack, due to the vast wealth of protected health information (PHI) they house.

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Data Security  |  Dental

Do Small Dental Practices Need to Worry About Hackers?

Small dental practices can be some of the smallest businesses in an area, and are often eclipsed by well-established, larger practices and giant dental corporations. With only one dentist, a dental assistant, a few hygienists and maybe one other staff member on the team, it’s easy to think that small dental practices can fly under the radar of hackers.

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Dental  |  HIPAA Guidelines  |  Healthcare

HIPAA, Dentistry, and You: 6 Common HIPAA Mistakes for Dental Offices to Avoid

HIPAA compliance is critical for all types of medical providers, including dental professionals— as a HIPAA violation can be costly for your dental practice.

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5 Things To Look For In Dental Practice Management Software

You have made the decision to go digital in your dental practice, now what? Navigating the field of dental practice management software can often be challenging and overwhelming. There are tons of options, each with different features, functionality, integration options, reporting, levels of support, etc. But deciding on the right software for YOUR PRACTICE doesn’t have to be so difficult. Listed below are some guidelines that will help you evaluate dental practice management software. Whether you operate out of a single office or manage multiple locations, considering these 5 factors will help you maximize your success in making the right choice for your dental practice the first time.

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Dental  |  HIPAA Guidelines

3 Important HIPAA Rules for Dentists

What is HIPAA? Whether you are looking to digitize your records or you’re fresh out of school, it’s important to get familiar with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) as it applies to you and your practice to avoid costly HIPAA missteps.

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Selling Your Dental Practice? Here's A Checklist to Get You Started

For any dentist who's considering selling their dental practice, moving through the process (or even knowing where to start) may seem extremely daunting. But it doesn't have to be. Instead, selling your practice can be easier than you might expect. Just follow some simple, common-sense guidelines in your planning.

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Dental

Dental Conferences in 2022 You Need to Attend

There is a wide range of conferences for dental professionals in 2022. Here are a few of the best dental conferences in 2022.

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Dental

Our Predictions for Dental Technology Trends for 2022

All things considered, 2021 was a pretty unpredictable year. But the team at Integrity Systems & Solutions was honored to be right about a key point—health care professionals from across the country adjusted their practices to meet and overcome the challenges brought on by the ever-shifting mandates and new regulations due to the continuation of the global pandemic.

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Practice Continuity

5 Reasons to Hire A Managed Services IT Provider For Your Practice

Every dental office needs some kind of IT support. But many dental offices are too small to afford the salary and benefits of a full-time IT employee, never mind an entire information technology-focused team.

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Healthcare  |  Medical

Top 5 Problems Doctors Face & How Medical Technology Can Solve Them

In today’s digital world, consumers expect more from businesses— and healthcare companies are no exception. Patients are no longer passive participants in their medical care. Instead, they have a wealth of information at their fingertips and expect transparency, convenience, and easy information access from their healthcare providers.

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DSO  |  Dental Service Organizations

Pros and Cons to Consider Before Choosing a DSO

Dental service organizations (DSOs) can be a smart choice for both dental workers and practice owners.

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Data Security  |  Dental  |  HIPAA Guidelines

VitalIT: What You Get When You Invest in Our All-in-One Dental IT Solution

In this day and age of increasing compliance requirements and ever-evolving threats of security attacks, it's important to have the right cybersecurity package for your dental practice. After all, your sensitive data, including the personal and financial information of your patients, needs to be protected at all costs.

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Data Security  |  Dental  |  Medical

How Often Should Medical/Dental Offices Backup Data & Why Data Backup is Important

What is the most important part of your practice? Is it your building? Is it the equipment? No, your practice is your patients. And since most patient records are stored electronically these days, your practice is your patients’ electronic data.

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Data Security  |  Dental  |  HIPAA Guidelines  |  Healthcare  |  Medical

PCI Compliance Requirements for Securing Your Dental Practice

PCI. To you, it’s just one more compliance protocol for your practice to deal with.

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Data Security  |  Dental

What is a Phishing Scam & How Can You Protect Your Dental Practice from It?

As a dental practice owner, you’re running a healthcare organization that houses a wealth of private patient data. From names and home addresses to social security numbers and billing information, just think of your hundreds or thousands of patients captured in your database.

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Email Encryption for Securing Your Dental Practice

Many dental practices communicate with patients via email— from appointment reminders or billing to friendly newsletters. It’s the nature of the digital age! But convenient digital communication comes with a long list of security concerns, from office-wide malware infection to patient data leaks. With all its risks, email communication is not something dental practices should use lightly.

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Data Security

Managed IT Service Providers: What They Are & Why Your Dental Office Needs One

You’ve faced the hard reality that your dental practice can’t handle all its technology needs on its own. It seems like every time your staff comes to you with problems about a dentistry application or questions about your digital security, you don’t have answers for them— and this can’t keep happening.

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Dental

6 Things to Look for in a Managed IT Service Provider for Your Dental Practice

Whether you are in the process of opening up a new practice or you’re simply in the market for a new IT partner, it can be difficult choosing a provider.

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Why Outsourced IT Providers Make HIPAA Compliance Easy

When it comes to starting and running a dental practice, there are more than just operational and patient responsibilities to manage. Meeting compliance measures is a major concern—a full-time job in-and-of-itself—and one that you likely don’t have the knowledge of or time to commit to yourself.

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Dental Technology & Equipment for Starting Your Dental Practice

If you’re just opening your first dental practice, there are undoubtedly a few crucial items you need to begin. In this post, we’re taking a look at some important dental technology and equipment considerations to help you make the right investments right away.

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The Best Ways to Market Your Dental Practice: Part 3 - Email Marketing

Whether you’re establishing your first practice or just getting a foothold on your marketing, you’re here because you're researching strategies for promoting your dentistry online.

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The Best Ways to Market Your Dental Practice: Part 2 - Online Advertising

We’ve all seen ads at the top of the search engine results pages for searches like “dentist near me.” Your top competitors are shelling out who knows how much money for these prime-location digital promotions.

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Dental  |  Medical

The Best Ways to Market Your Dental Practice: Part 1 - Your Online Presence

Gone are the days when billboard advertisements and home-mailers were enough to promote your dental practice. While these ads can be effective, marketing has evolved dramatically over the past two decades. It’s now clear that digital marketing plays a significant role in your success— as patients become more and more reliant on their phones and technology.

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Dental  |  Healthcare  |  Medical

Just Graduated from Dental School? Here's What You Need to Know Over the Next Few Months

You just graduated from dental school. Congratulations, you did it! Your hard work has finally paid off. Now, to answer the questions: “what’s next?” and “what do you do after graduating from dental school?” While moving from a school setting to an actual real-life practice can seem overwhelming, with a little preparation and planning, you can be ready to face the challenge and conquer any obstacles along the way. Let’s consider what you need to do and know next.

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Dental  |  Healthcare  |  Medical

Ready to Get Patients Back on the Books? Here's How to Get Ready

As the country begins to reopen in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, your office also needs to prepare to reopen. Here's what you can do to get ready for patients in this unprecedented time and how you can get them back on the books efficiently.

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Dental  |  Healthcare  |  Medical

Best Practices for Complying with Dental PPE Requirements in New England

Your patients and your dental practitioners are more concerned than ever about personal protective equipment (PPE) — and for good reason. With health-conscious mindsets and increased safety protocol emerging everywhere, there’s no time like the present for reassessing your dental PPE standards.

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Dental  |  Healthcare  |  Medical

Communicating Dental Safety to Your Patients Post-Pandemic

As the country reopens for business after the COVID-19 closures, it’s more important than ever to make your patients feel safe when visiting your dental practice. This includes communicating with your patients about the new office policies and procedures you will enact upon opening.

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Dental  |  Medical

5 Reasons Dentists Require Specialized IT Solutions

With continual advancements in dental imaging, practice management software, and other important industry tools, it's critical that dentists stay up-to-date with emerging technology in order to remain competitive.

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6 Actions to Take When You Can't See Dental Patients Due to COVID-19

The novel coronavirus, and the severity of disease it causes— COVID-19— has wreaked havoc worldwide. Dental practice owners are feeling the pressure, with most unable to see patients with the exception of emergencies.

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Dental  |  Healthcare  |  Practice Continuity

7 Things to Do Before Reopening Your Dental Practice After an Extended Time Away

If you're reopening your dental practice after an extended closure, there are some things you need to do to make sure your office— and your team— are ready.

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Dental  |  Healthcare  |  Medical

How to Communicate With Patients When Your Dental Office is Closed

If your dental office is closed due to COVID-19, there are still opportunities to communicate with your patients to keep them healthy and well-informed in this trying time. Here's how, and what information you should be sharing with your target audience.

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Dental  |  Practice Continuity

Connecticut and New England Small Business Resources During COVID-19

Small business owners everywhere are facing waves of uncertainty during the height of our nation’s COVID-19 pandemic. Dental practices in particular have taken a hard hit. Coronavirus is transmitted orally, putting dental workers at particularly high risk of exposure to this deadly virus. While some dental offices remain open for emergency visits, a staggering number of dental care professionals are temporarily homebound.

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HIPAA Guidelines

Does Your Dental Practice Need a HIPAA Audit?

Every year a long list of healthcare organizations break HIPAA rules, accruing costly violation fees— not to mention the time and headaches of re-assessing their future compliance readiness.

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HIPAA Guidelines  |  Healthcare

7 Reasons Healthcare Companies Face HIPAA Violations

HIPAA compliance can be intimidating. You probably hear about HIPAA violations all the time, where companies are forced to pay hefty penalties for failure to follow the rules. Healthcare systems in particular frequently make the news for exposure of protected health information (PHI). Patent data requires different levels of security than other files, and HIPAA strictly reinforces the law to keep all forms of personal data private.

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Dental

Benefits of Outsourcing IT Services for Dentists

As a dental professional and practice owner, you know that your most valuable resources are your dental expertise, your time, and your money. When you waste one or more of these resources, it is bad for your patients and your practice. To best focus your expertise and attention on your patients, why not let an outsourced information technology partner worry about your practice’s technology needs? There are many benefits to outsourcing your IT to a certified partner. Here are the 5 most important ones:

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Dental  |  Medical

How Dentists & Doctors Can Evaluate IT Outsourcing Companies

As a practice owner, you understand the impact that every choice you make has on your business. This is especially true when it comes to choosing an information technology partner for your practice. A hasty decision made without doing all of your research, or perhaps not doing the right research, can seriously set back your practice’s success. On the other hand, a well-researched and carefully considered IT partner can increase your practice’s success and can help you attract new patients.

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Medical

Your Healthcare and the IoT: What Medical Practices Need to Know

The Internet of Things (IoT) has begun to infiltrate the healthcare industry. Some estimate that by the year 2021 IoT in healthcare will reach almost $137 billion in sales. This new wave of technology will dramatically impact the healthcare industry in a variety of ways. This post will explore everything you need to know about IoT for your practice.

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Data Security  |  Dental  |  Medical

Security Considerations for Dental or Medical Practices to Avoid a Data Breach

As a healthcare provider, you are responsible for providing the best possible care to your patients. In order to do so, you gather important details about them. Therefore, you are also responsible for protecting your patients’ sensitive information. This includes, but is not limited to, demographics such as birth dates and social security numbers, financial data, or health information such as medical conditions and test results. Recently, Quest Diagnostics was in the news for a data breach affecting 12 million of their patients. This is just the latest in a series of several major security breaches in recent years. Although the Quest breach affected American Medical Collection Agency, a third party billing service employed by Quest at the time, it is Quest’s business reputation on the line. Read on to find out ways your practice could be at risk and how to protect yourself and your patients.

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Medical

3 Ways to Increase the Level of Productivity in Your Medical Practice Using Technology

As an owner of a medical practice, your ultimate goal is to ensure the safety and health of your patients. You know that to accomplish the best patient care it’s essential that your operations and systems are set up in a way to ensure everything is running as easily and efficiently as possible. The technology industry is constantly changing, so it’s important that you are aware of what’s coming and how your practice can prepare for these changes. Technology can help you effect the best possible outcomes for your patients.

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Dental  |  Medical

Reasons Why You Need to Rethink Your Employee Access

Each day, there is increasing demand for instant electronic data. And with the lines ever more blurred between personal and work time, people have come to expect the same level of information accessibility at work as at home. Employees want to access data they need for their jobs as well as the ability to book their next vacation from their desks. However, there is a huge difference in how and how much information employees should be able to retrieve on their home computers versus their employer-owned systems. Technology in the workplace is supposed to increase workplace productivity, but often results in cyberslacking. Here we will focus more on security issues surrounding your practice’s technology. We will outline three reasons for limiting what your employees can access. Your IT partner can provide further guidance.

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How to Configure Your Dental Clinic Information System

There is a lot to consider when you begin planning to install information technology in your dental practice. Planning should be a collaborative effort involving the doctor(s), an information technology partner, and other vendors as indicated (such as an electrician or your construction contractor). Taking on a large project like this requires a lot of planning. Here are some of the things to consider before you install a dental clinic information system in your practice.

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Considerations for Information Technology in the Medical Field

These days every business has to think about how to integrate information technology, or IT, into their operations. But doctors’ offices have a few unique considerations they must look at when deciding how to set up their office technology. Medical practices must consider how technology will work in day-to-day running of a business while conforming to incredibly stringent regulations surrounding patient data and privacy.

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Dental  |  Medical

Considering Text Messaging for your Medical Practice - What to Know

With the ever-increasing popularity of text messaging, it makes sense that healthcare companies are looking into ways to incorporate texting into their practices. It’s fast, easy, and anyone in the office can do it… but should they? If medical practitioners decide to communicate with or about patients via text message,, they need to ensure that it’s done in a safe, secure, and HIPAA-compliant way. Read on to identify what you need to consider regarding text messaging for your medical practice.

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Data Security  |  Dental  |  Medical

How Much Would a Healthcare Data Breach Cost Your Practice

As a medical or dental practitioner, you are quite familiar with the benefits of preventive care. Brush and floss, eat healthy and exercise, schedule routine check ups and tests - these are all ways to prevent larger health issues down the road. The same thing applies to protecting your practice from a potential healthcare data breach. Preventing a data breach by protecting your patients' sensitive information requires an investment up front, but be assured that the cost for not doing so far exceeds the cost of the “preventive care”. In this post we will define what a healthcare data breach is, the catastrophic cost associated with recovering from one, how to prevent a breach, and how to get started with your own “preventive care” plan for your practice.

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Data Security  |  Dental

HIPAA Compliance Requirements for Dental Information Technology

In the dental industry, you always hear about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). But do you really know what it means and more importantly, is your organization HIPAA compliant? Here, we will go over what HIPAA is, which entities are governed by HIPAA, and how your practice can ultimately become compliant.

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Dental

Digital Information Technology: PCI Compliance Concerns

If your dental practice is accepting credit card payments from patients, then your practice is required to be PCI compliant. There are a number of standards your company must meet and maintain in order to attain and keep your compliance. In this article we will cover everything from what PCI compliance is to why it is essential for you, as a practice owner, to understand and implement.

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Dental  |  Medical

Windows 7 & Server 2008 End of Life: What That Means For Your Practice

Since Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 , including Windows Server 2008 R2, will be going to "end of life" as of January 14, 2020, it is important for you to understand what this means for your practice. Continue reading below to find out how you will be affected, the risks your practice will face if you continue using these products after end of life, and the steps you’ll need to take to switch to new operating systems.

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Data Security

How To Make Your Email HIPAA Compliant

As a dental or medical professional, you want the ability to stay connected to your patients around the clock. Of course you want to remind a patient of an upcoming appointment or send them the latest practice newsletter. But what about really staying in touch and providing them with valuable information about their health? Whether it be sending over test results, asking patients for sensitive information, or sending treatment records, ensuring that your email system is set up to be safe, secure and HIPAA compliant is essential. In this blog we will outline 9 things you need to be doing to ensure your emails are HIPAA compliant.

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Medical

Healthcare Information Technology Standards all Medical Practices Need to Follow

You have found a managed information technology partner, chosen the best practice management software, and have digitized your practice. Now you have to follow healthcare information technology standards. While it may be difficult, following healthcare information technology standards is very important to ensure the best service for your patients. Become familiar with what those standards are, and why it is important to have processes in place in order to preserve the integrity of your patient data and to avoid penalties.

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Data Security

Why Network Security is Important for Medical Practices

Nearly every industry relies on the internet to conduct business. For this reason, network security and cybersecurity breaches will continue to be in the news. Healthcare is one of these internet-reliant industries. Because of the confidential and valuable information that healthcare providers collect about their patients, healthcare has become a popular target of cyber attackers. Following HIPAA standards is not enough to keep data safe. Knowing that their practices have valuable data, medical and dental providers must take the proper steps to make sure that their networks and information are secure.

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Dental  |  Medical

5 Ways to Use Medical Information Technology in Your Practice

Communication is key when it comes to providing a better experience for your patients. Improvements in medical information technology have made it easier for practices to adopt new methods to securely communicate with and educate their patients. Not only are there better ways to reach out to your patients, but with the advancements in medical information technology your patients’ private information is secure and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant. Electronic health records make it easier for you to help your patients understand what is being recorded, and how they can use their health information. Here are five ways you can use medical information technology in your practice.

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Tips for Starting a Successful Dental Practice

Congratulations! You’ve recently graduated from dental school, and you’re probably considering your options. One of your most fulfilling (yet most challenging) options is to open up your own practice. Or maybe you have been working as an associate dentist for an established practice, and now you want to be your own boss. You might be looking at purchasing an existing practice. Whether you build from scratch or buy a practice, opening up your own practice is not easy, and it’s not something you learn how to do in dental school. Over the years we’ve seen dozens of practices open. Some practices succeed and some struggle. As a professional, you want the opportunity to open your own practice and ultimately run it successfully. Here are some tips to make your practice start-up experience a successful one:

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The Future of Digital Dentistry for Dental Practices

As a dental professional, you pride yourself on delivering the highest caliber of dentistry. To continue putting your patients first, being proactive is crucial as advances in dental technology are made, especially regarding digital dentistry.

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Data Security

5 Tell-Tale Signs That Your Medical Practice Has Been Hacked

One of the greatest and most costly threats to your dental or medical practice today is a data breach. The healthcare industry loses over $6 billion a year in dealing with the costs of compromised data. In 2017 alone, there were 477 healthcare data breaches, affecting nearly 5.6 million patient records. Your practice is not immune to these threats. Your office collects names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, and entire medical histories. Because medical and dental practices collect so much sensitive information, they are particularly attractive to cybercriminals. Hackers will use many different methods to break into your network or website to steal information and sell it on the open market. Stolen data is then used to steal people’s identities.

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Data Security  |  Dental  |  Practice Continuity

What is Ransomware? Take These 7 Steps to Protect Your Practice

In this age of electronic protected health information (ePHI), one of the greatest threats to your medical or dental practice is ransomware. Practices are facing this vulnerability more and more frequently. Sure, you’ve heard of ransomware, but do you know what it is and how to protect yourself from it?

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5 Ways Going Paperless Can Improve Your Dental or Medical Practice

Now-a-days, almost every industry has been affected by information technology and the need to go digital. Communications, entertainment, shopping, and banking have all gone digital. Medical and dental practices are no exception.

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6 Ways to Increase the Efficiency of Your Dental Practice

Managing a dental practice is a complex undertaking. You have many moving parts to address – the most important of which is taking care of your patients and ensuring their happiness. But with a need to continuously fill appointments, meet industry regulations and keep your information secure, there’s a risk of missing key responsibilities.

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