Why Handling IT In-House May Mean Lost Revenue
As a company that sells technology services to healthcare practices, we've heard lots of excuses as to why they don't think they need our help. Replies range from "We have an in-house team," "We've spent our IT budget for the year," and even "We don't have time to make a change right now." One of the most interesting responses is "We don't need outside help because the doctor/dentist manages our IT resources and our regulatory compliance concerns."
Now that's saying a lot! And I'm willing to bet that the doctor/dentist is stretched a little thin trying to see patients, manage his practice and keep up with technology and HIPAA regulations.
In a recent article published by hippajournal.com, read about a
Nevada dental practice that lost access to their data for five days and
the encrypted files contained sensitive patient information;
such as, names, dates of birth, addresses, diagnoses, treatment plans,
images, health insurance information, and Social Security numbers.
The attack in the article above made it clear to Brian E. Evans, DDS of Wager Evans Dental, that enhancing their network and computer security and retaining security experts would help to avoid similar incidents in the future.
To most businesses, just a few hours of downtime can mean lost revenue. But when a business is down for a week or more, it can be catastrophic to the viability of a company. And for the owner of small company who's responsible for all aspects of that organization, security is getting more difficult to manage.
As an increasingly desirable option, hiring a managed service provider (MSP) to partner with internal staff, or as a fully outsourced team, offers resources that are up-to-date with the latest security knowledge and trends. Viewed as a long term benefit rather than a short term cost, hiring a reliable IT company will not only protect your data, it will save time and money, decrease the burden on your staff and increase employee productivity. Read 4 Reasons to Hire a Managed Services Provider.
By choosing carefully, the right IT support company can be a long-term business partner and a cost-effective way to manage your IT department without the staffing expense. Monthly recurring contract pricing allows you to budget a fixed cost, while freeing your current resources to manage more business critical issues.
IT support is critical to your business operations, but there is only so much you can do in a day. If your team is stretched too far and you want to engage outside professional IT services, ProActive Information Management can help. Contact us at 804-897-8347, email us at email@example.com or visit www.proactive-info.com.