If you work in health care, ask yourself: do you really know anything about the team who handles your computers and network? Are these people reliable and trustworthy? Does any of the staff have criminal records, or neglect their educational training?
If you’re a healthcare organization, you may not be aware of the vetting process for the technicians and engineers who visit you on-site. Your IT company, whether in-house or outsourced, needs to make sure all staff are following the HIPAA privacy rule. If you work at a hospital, it’s important that staff aren’t bringing communicable diseases into a vulnerable environment. You need to be sure you can trust those who have access to protected health information.
Background checks and full credentialing mean you can rest easy about who’s handling sensitive, patient oriented data. Some examples of credentials, including vaccinations and training, your IT staff should have are listed below:
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- General Liability Insurance
- National Background Check
- TB Skin Test Negative (PPD)
- Exclusion Screening
- HIPAA Training
- Product/Service Training
- Hepatitis B Vaccination
- OR Protocol Training
- Hospital Safety ( Includes Electrical, Fire-RACE/PASS & Radiation Safety)
In addition to these, background screenings may be needed to ensure those working closely with your organization can maintain confidentiality. HIPAA compliance is easier when IT staff have gone through the necessary background assessments and training.
For many who work in health and human services, relying on outsourced managed services may be a better option than delegating resources to verifying an internal IT team. A managed service provider (MSP) can work with you to create policies and procedures for your own IT, as well as provide their own necessary credentials when applicable.
If you’re looking to get more information about Managed Security Services, check out our sheet below. To contact SkyPort IT today, call 585-582-1600 or visit our contact page.
Who’s Got Your Data?
Written by Emily M.