11.08
2019

Radio Waves and Data Security

If, like me, you have a propensity for following tech blogs, you may have heard about a recent snafu that occurred across the pond. The incident I’m referring to involves an amateur radio enthusiast who set up an automatic feed that picked up stray radio waves and converted these transmissions into text. This text was then displayed on a computer screen and its content was broadcast via webcam onto a live feed that was open to anyone who stumbled across it.

The biggest issue here: This setup was picking up messages from the pagers — yes, those seemingly archaic devices we all wanted back in the 90s still do exist — used by medical professionals and, as such, the information that was being recorded and transmitted included sensitive patient information from emergency ambulatory calls. Names, addresses, and injuries were being put on display for anyone to see.

Upon discovering this, the radio enthusiast’s internet provider was contacted and the user — who said he was unaware of the type of information that was actually being recorded and shared — ended the webcam feed. But who knows just how many patients had their personal information splashed across the page of an otherwise innocuous, automated web feed? And it begs another question: How many more patients will have their personal information broadcast over an unsecured network? The UK’s National Health Service said that medical facilities have until 2022 to convert from pagers to a more secure system. That’s a long time to wait for patient confidentiality!

Stateside, however, healthcare providers are governed by regulations set forth by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. With HIPAA, patient confidentiality takes center stage. There are serious repercussions here if it’s discovered that a patient’s private information is leaked, including hefty monetary penalties.

Data security — particularly within the healthcare industry — is a big part of why we developed the Vault version of our Encore solution. With Encore Vault, you get a solution with end-to-end data encryption that guarantees all information recorded is fully secure while at rest and when being transmitted to the home office. We even enlisted a neutral third-party company to verify that our software meets the standards of HIPAA compliance.

Whether you’re an at-home care provider and simply need a secure digital form that allows you to satisfy the requirements of Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) as mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act, or you need the benefits that come with the more robust, complete version of our software — which includes Job Dispatching, Timekeeping, near real-time GPS Tracking, and much more — we can help bring greater efficiency to your company while keeping all of your important information leak-free.

Don’t let your healthcare company become a front-page headline for all the wrong reasons. Give us a call and let’s chat about the ways Encore Vault can boost your efficiency and keep your private information secure.

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09.10
2019

The Benefits of Encore Vault’s EVV Solution

We’ve already discussed the upcoming Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) mandates that mobile healthcare companies must eventually have an answer for, but aside from just simple compliance, what are some of the extra benefits that an EVV system can provide your workforce with?

From a perspective of running the most efficient mobile healthcare operation possible, taking advantage of an EVV solution’s feature set is nearly as essential as remaining in regulatory compliance. After all, if you’re paying for an EVV solution, it’s wise to use it for the most possible enhancements to your business, while it helps your team stay in line at the same time. Our EVV solution, offered through Encore Vault, is designed to provide your organization with a treasure trove of features and valuable benefits for upgraded operations, including:

Verification of delivered services

It’s within the acronym, and it’s perhaps the most important aspect of our EVV solution: Verification. An ability to document and save data about patient visits made by your mobile medical staff is crucial for success, and in addition to helping track service quality, it can offer your team greater protection, as well as a dynamic new way to submit information.

Redirecting mobile nurses with ease

For mobile healthcare teams that must make multiple trips to different clients daily, the ability to schedule and reroute staff members on the fly can make things infinitely easier. Encore Vault EVV helps your business save fuel, reach patients quicker during emergency situations, and see the near real-time GPS positions of its personnel during working hours.

Helping eliminate insurance fraud and reducing overbilling

Recorded histories of patient visitations with accompanying location markers can help enhance the quality of your healthcare company’s reputation amongst its clientele by fostering consistency. With our application’s ability to notate precise start and stop times for delivered services, you can also help eliminate falsified claims and boost the accuracy of submitted logs.

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09.05
2019

Why Data Encryption Matters

In today’s digital age, data is increasingly valuable. With that, however, comes an even greater necessity to protect it. Hefty fines can be leveled against organizations that fail to adhere to federal regulations on certain data types like Personal Health Information (PHI). Any kind of financial information that becomes compromised can also subject the firm in charge of it to massive data breach payouts.

The answer why is simple: Data is crucial to personal security. The potential damage that leaks or hacks can wreak on anything from privacy to financial health can be devastating to both the customer and the company storing it.

So, if your organization is in charge of keeping data heavily secure, what are some of its options? One of the most cost-effective but secure ones lies with our Encore Vault solution. Along with being backed by mandatory and thorough compliance training for our employees on a routine basis, our application is equipped with a slew of security levels to help you truly lock down client information, including:

  • TLS 1.2 data encryption
  • FIPS 140-2 compliance
  • 256-bit AES encryption
  • Advanced Data Security (ADS)
  • Microsoft Azure Web Application Firewall (WAF)
  • Support of HIPAA compliance for sensitive medical information

Encore Vault’s proficiencies aren’t strictly limited to efficient data collection and highly secure storage, however. The solution provides tools for you to coordinate all aspects of your mobile workforce on a platform that’s even more safeguarded. Powerful features like Job Dispatching, Intra-Company Messaging, and GPS Tracking still allow you to monitor points of interest regarding your workforce in the field and adjust workflows in near real-time. Encore Vault is designed to give companies in finance, healthcare, the public sector, and more all the functionality they’ve come to expect from a top-tier workforce management solution, but with the uncompromising levels of encryption they require.

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08.27
2019

A Synopsis of Encore Vault

Our Encore Vault solution is built to encompass all the additional security measures your organization may need over its data, communications, and analytics. Backed by Advanced Threat Protection for Microsoft Azure (ATP), Vault is a highly secure version of our flagship application that is an ideal fit for companies who require additional safety protocols.

At Actsoft, our staff have been through stringent training sessions in order to make sure that the services and engineering processes we abide by align with any and all security regulations; as a result, we’re able to provide a product that can now even more directly assist businesses in verticals like healthcare, professional service, and the public sector.

Encore Vault’s Wireless Forms feature supports compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which remains a necessity for many businesses, particularly those in healthcare. In addition to incurring costly fines, organizations whose documentation procedures don’t comply with federal mandates may be subject to additional sanctions; Vault’s ability to help check the compliance boxes for your company allows you to benefit from its features even faster and keep fines away. Affordable solutions for Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) are also offered with Vault, making it a truly dynamic and useful application in the healthcare space.

Aside from HIPAA compliance, Wireless Forms with increased security measures is valuable to organizations in other industries like professional service and the public sector. For these fields, remote data collection needs to stay highly secure, and with ATP locking down form transmissions, organizations in verticals like these can still reap benefits of saved time, money, and heightened efficiency. Data breaches can also be incredibly costly to recover from for any company’s bottom line; Vault helps mitigate data loss potential with geo-redundant storage, expanding the ways that your company can stay protected.

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08.23
2019

The Urgency of Adhering to HIPAA Compliance

Without a doubt, when you work in the healthcare industry, the one thing that should always remain on top of your priority list is patient confidentiality. Keeping personal health matters private is so important, as you (hopefully) know, there is an extremely rigid set of rules that all businesses in the industry must adhere to … or face steep penalties.

Known as HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 has been doling out hefty penalties to companies that fail to comply with the strict standards it put forth. It doesn’t matter if breaches are big or small, intentional or not, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have made it clear that patient rights come first.

In fact, last year alone, a whopping $28,683,400 worth of fines were distributed to HIPAA violators. Now, you may be thinking, Well, that sure is a high number, but it’s probably the result of a lot of smaller fines. You’d be wrong. More than half of that came from a single source: a $16 million fine delivered to a single company due to a large data breach … the largest healthcare breach in U.S. history.

While the chances of your business — particularly if it’s a smaller one — incurring a fine that hefty are probably on the slim side, it’s in your best interest to avoid any fine. Not only is it good for your bank account, but for your company’s reputation. The last thing you want is your name dominating the health industry blogosphere for all the wrong reasons.

And don’t think you can fly under the radar simply because you are one of the smaller healthcare businesses out there. The OCR sent a powerful message in 2016 to show that no violation is too small to pursue. Whereas in the past it would only go after data breaches that involved the information of more than 500 individuals, its regional offices now go after smaller cases.

Here at Actsoft, we’ve made strides in taking our solution to the next level when it comes to features and customization. Most recently, we implemented major improvements to the level of security our software can provide. With the help of a third-party cybersecurity firm to help make sure we didn’t miss any steps along the way, we developed the Vault version of Encore.

With Vault, healthcare companies can rest easy knowing that their patients’ information is protected by software that supports HIPAA compliance. Whether it’s at rest or in transit, our end-to-end data encryption keeps it from would-be prying eyes, so your company can focus on what really matters: addressing your customers’ needs and delivering the stellar service they’ve come to expect.

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07.30
2019

What is Electronic Visit Verification (EVV)?

Technology is rapidly changing the ways that businesses in the healthcare industry reach and serve their patients. A relevant example of this is through Electronic Visit Verification (EVV), a type of system that helps companies document proof of their service delivered to patients. EVV is especially crucial for home healthcare providers with mobile medical staff as they make visits to clients in the field.

Aside from providing key returns like reduced paper costs, more secure data storage and transmission, and efficient workforce coordination, an EVV solution can help your healthcare organization remain in compliance with federal mandates, as healthcare companies will eventually be required to implement one, according to the 21st Century Cures Act. The implementation deadline is January 1, 2020, for Personal Care Services; Home Healthcare Services must have an EVV solution by January 1, 2023, in order to avoid fines and stay in regulation.

There are six key data elements that an EVV system must track: patient names, dates, locations, types of service performed, the home health provider’s name, and the start and finish times of care delivered. Recently, we released Encore Vault, a version of our flagship solution whose EVV options let you capture this information. Encore Vault contains even more features for enhanced security and is in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This new tier’s timekeeping- and scheduling-based options for EVV give healthcare companies like yours the flexibility they need to select a plan that works for them.

Benefits of Encore Vault include:

  • The ability to eliminate overbilling by pinpointing and logging visits
  • The ability to reduce insurance fraud and falsely filed invoices with GPS-tagged records
  • Enhanced worker safety
  • Timestamped trips by caregivers for accurate visit times
  • A highly secure messaging platform to communicate on

Unlike most lower price point EVV applications, Encore Vault also offers GPS Tracking as a complement to all of its proof of service delivery functionalities. See the near real-time positions of your mobile nurses and delivery people to verify that they’re at the correct locations, help them choose the most fuel- and time-efficient routes to patient homes, and increase workforce accountability using this intuitive feature. With our diverse EVV solutions, your organization can stay compliant and optimize its daily visit schedules through improved locational insight. Find out more today about what Encore Vault can do to help your healthcare company better serve its patients.

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