Medical Transcription, Adopting the Right Network Security Audit

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  • (1888PressRelease) January 13, 2011 - The HIPAA compliance norms make it necessary for the health entities and their business associates like medical transcription company to incorporate a security audit system in the network. The purpose is to maintain vigil on the all the electronic transactions of patient health information, flowing in and out of the network. Security audit brings in accountability in the transcription process and pinpoints the offender in case of breach in privacy of patient health information.

    The audit system should have features, which enable complete and constant monitoring of the computer network. It should bring to notice of network administrators, any unnatural activity so that a timely intervention can prevent hostile intrusion. If however a lapse does occur the auditors can know, how and when the event happened, and who did it. Keeping in mind the sensitive nature of patient health information, it is necessary for the medical transcription company to adopt right network security audit measures. These are mentioned below:

    * It should record time, nature and type of login. This deters hostile users like hackers and at same time keeps tabs on what type of information is accessed by the authorized user.
    * Able to provide the log off time, details of the user and type of information accessed before the log off occurred.
    * Provide detailed report on unsuccessful login, which includes the username, the number of attempts, date and time. This feedback is used to increase the vigilance and further strengthen the network.
    * Able to pinpoint the objects accessed, like a file or directory and the whether the content was read, copied, deleted or modified. It should provide a feedback on the integrity of the content so that if any changes are made, the administration knows whether these changes where legal or illegal. This is necessary as per HIPAA compliance norms.
    * Maintain complete record of the start-up and shut down time of the computer network.
    * Able to maintain complete record of both successful and unsuccessful login of authorized users like medical transcriptionists.
    * Store and protect data for a desired time limit.
    * Provide auditors easy access to the desired data.
    * Ability to monitor the message flow, in and out, of the network. The security audit should track who sent the message to whom and what was in it.

    It is mandatory for medical transcription service providers to ensure HIPAA compliance of their networks; otherwise they risk severe penalties or criminal convictions. A right auditing system does round-the-clock surveillance of computer network and raises alarms against hostile intrusion. This is completely in line with HIPAA compliance norms.

    The security audit protects the patient health information in the network through continuous vigilance.

    About Mediscribes

    Mediscribes, Inc. is one of the fastest growing transcription & document management systems providers in United States, based in Metro Louisville. Mediscribes is an ISO 9000-2001 certified company, rendering cost-effective consolidated transcription solutions to major hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities in United States. Mediscribes is the most value-providing organization in the market today with a strong presence in America and offshore locations. The firm specializes in providing highly accurate transcription adhering to ADHI guidelines in unbeatable turnaround time with robust & proven document management system as its vantage point to its esteemed clientele.

    Mediscribes provides end-to-end transcription solutions as its primary offering. For our customers, we focus on dictation systems, both ASP as well as enterprise level solutions, with the help of our most valued asset ezVoiceIntelligence (ezVI), providing specialty-specific qualitative transcription along with a "whole nine yards" document management system. Mediscribes specializes in EMR data integration as well. Our data dispatch department is highly proficient in integrating transcribed reports into any type of EMR, to include GEMMS, NextGen, Allscripts, Med-Infomatix, etc. Healthcare facilities that do not have EMR get the option to use our web-based file monitoring interface called eTranscribe for global access to their data. eTranscribe has special features of E-signing, E-faxing, auto-printing, and user-friendly document search criteria.

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