02-18-14 | Blog Post
In the Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) model, health providers of all sizes serving Medicare patients, are being tested as new Affordable Care Act regulations come online.
“For small to mid-sized physician-led ACOs, we found there was no perfect solution in the market,’’ said Malay Shah, CEO of Rimage Solutions based in Lakeland, Fla. “Everybody is in a transition phase, especially in multi-EHR scenarios.’’
Rimage Solutions develops custom “cloud-based” software specifically tailored to the needs of ACOs, streamlining the complexities related to back-end system integration and protection of data, especially for data coming from different EHRs, CMS, clinics and hospitals.
ACOs focus on coordinated care ensuring that patients, particularly the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors.
Organizing data and related operations can be especially daunting, Shah said, noting HIPAA privacy laws are growing increasingly strict along with the changes being brought online by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Rimage Solutions partnered with Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Online Tech to make sure client data would be secure through its encrypted compliant cloud, making data safe and accessible.
“We interviewed a host of providers and found Online Tech to be the best partner for us,’’ Shah said. “The encrypted cloud is a very difficult piece and we wanted to do what was best for our clients.’’
Online Tech recently announced “end-to-end’’ encryption keeping data securely encrypted at every step of the way from the time it leaves it origination point through transit to the encrypted cloud services where it is stored.
Organizations in regulated industries that must ensure the protection of confidential information often avoid cloud computing because they have incomplete encryption strategies that leave them in non-compliance and at risk of embarrassing, costly security breaches.
The common areas of non-compliance for most hosting providers are due to a lack of encryption for data in the cloud and for backup of that data. The cloud infrastructure and backup techniques used by the vast majority of companies today leave patient and customer information