Along with the host of possible benefits, using technology presents a number of complicated legal issues. Many of these issues are familiar but pose new complications (e.g., HIPAA compliance, antikickback statutes, and Stark anti-referral rules) as practices bring HIT into the office environment. Others are more specific to technology and/or to the business relationship of the practice and the vendor. This information is not intended as a substitute for the services of a knowledgeable attorney in the negotiation of specific contracts.
Practices could experience an “implementation gap” after the vendor completes his or her set-up responsibilities. One physician, recounting how his practice had done little reconfiguration of workflow prior to implementation, compared catching up after the fact to trying to repair an airplane in the middle of a flight. Effective change management is critical. The implementation phase is perhaps the most crucial step of the entire HIT process. Unmanaged implementations often fall short of expectations. Several techniques have contributed to the success of HIT implementation.
In February of 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), with the intent to stimulate the economy through investments in infrastructure. ARRA includes significant funding earmarked for the development of information technology for health care and the improvement of the quality of care provided to patients, while bringing down costs.
Effective technology is essential for small businesses looking to increase the productivity of their people and business. Introducing technology such as a computer networks can help them to stay competitive by increasing productivity and by reducing hardware costs. Even simple networks make sharing information and resources easier, provide better security and enable easy backup facilities for any small businesses.
For small businesses in today’s high-tech society, Information Technology (IT) has become a significant consideration. Implementing new technology is a challenging job for small business owners and can cause numerous difficulties in day-to-day operations. Many small businesses are finding Managed IT Services as a solution to get the most from their IT investment.
Mobile technology is becoming increasingly vital to your small business as the number of employees working from home or away from office is growing significantly. More than 50 million US workers are considered mobile, spending at least 20% of the time away from their primary workspace. Some of your employees, such as your salespeople or representatives, may be constantly on the move.
In today's global business environment, the value of working together, or collaboration, can have a huge positive impact on your business. Your employees and teams need to work together, and share ideas and information across geographic boundaries. For a small business such as yours, effective collaboration is essential to improving productivity by empowering your employees to communicate and work more efficiently using the right communications tools.
The relationship between small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and Information Technology (IT) can often be described as a “love/hate” relationship. You absolutely rely on technology to help your business run efficiently, but IT is most likely not one of your core competencies – and just keeping your systems running can be a major undertaking that distracts you from business-building activities.