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  • NHIN Readiness | How to Protect your patient records, data and files

    Posted on January 15, 2014 by admin

    The National Health Information Infrastructure (NHII) is a healthcare standardization initiative with the goal of developing an interoperable health information technology system. Proposed under President George W. Bush, the intention of NHII is to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and overall quality of healthcare in the United States.

    By 2015 — when the NHII initiative will be operational — a patient's medical record will no longer travel alone. NHII is voluntary, and it’s not a centralized database of medical records. It’s also not a government regulation. But since this comprehensive network of systems will include clinical, public health and personal health information, physicians will have a broader base of patient records to use in decision-making.

    The NHII has since evolved to become the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN), while the use of financial incentives to stimulate the meaningful use of electronic health record (EHR) systems became the cornerstone of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, or HITECH Act. The cornerstones of NHII are still in place, building a patient’s holistic record from various physicians — medical and dental. There are currently 24 public and private entities participating in the NHIN Cooperative.

    Why does NHIN matter for your physician’s office? First, this improves patient safety. With unified patient information, medication errors are less likely and physicians are more aware of the patient’s conditions, allergies, past illnesses and more. Plus, NHII can strengthen healthcare quality by increasing availability of complete medical records, test results, x-rays and more, right at the point of patient care. While the NHIN presents challenges, there are significant benefits for both doctor and patient.

    As 2015 approaches, take these steps to get your dental practice ready for these changes:

    -          Ensure security of patient files.

    To provide the best care for patients, it’s important to secure their records. Disorganization of files, records and medication prescriptions can lead to mislabeling and even inconsistent patient care. Security safes and file storage keep your practice running efficiently, with the right files in the right storage areas. Patient records document the course of treatment and may provide data useful for evaluating the quality of patient care — so good organization means efficient care. And furthermore, your medical office will stay HIPAA compliant.

    -          Ensure patient files are both available and secure electronically.

    The basic rule of electronic data is called 3-2-1 backup. Maintain three (3) copies of your data on at least two (2) different systems and one (1) of those systems should be disaster protected or offsite. Companies like Egnyte and ioSafe offer solutions for electronic patient records that focus on security and privacy. Combining private cloud features and local storage that is fireproof and waterproof allow dentist practices to get the highest level of availability and accessibility, even in the event of water damage or worse yet, a natural disaster such as fire or flood.

    -          Maintain electronic backups of patient files on site for quick access.

    As healthcare data moves to the cloud, both for NHIN and otherwise, efficiency increases. But so does security risk. Protect your patients’ critical data and make sure medical records are readily available no matter the disaster. From hardware failure, employee theft, to fires and floods, there are a wide variety of risks that should be considered for mitigation.


    This post was posted in Healthcare, ioSafe, Ratings & Standards, Who am I? and was tagged with medical records, NHIN, dental practice, dentist office

  • The new OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS)

    Posted on April 9, 2013 by admin

    The new HCS rule from OSHA sets new precedence and standards for an entire industry that puts safety as it's number #1 priority.

    Nearly five million businesses, ranging from small SMB's to large enterprises that have  compliance requirements for the safe storage, use, manufacturing or distribution of chemicals will be affected - this includes approximately 90,000 manufacturers, distributors or importers. With new rulings come new training - because improved safety is the goal of the new HCS standard, training will be required. The time, costs and upgrades for HCS are important and potentially cumbersone, particularly to small business.

    What is HCS 2012?
    The hazard communication standard 2012 brings forth a new set of rules, requirements and criteria for the classification of hazards for both human health and physical security. In addition to these compliance issues the HCS 2012 includes the full identification of OSHA-defined hazards.

    Compliance issues have always been time consuming - large enterprises will need to take an entire new look at current compliance practices, storage of chemicals and combustibles and rethink the way manage these new OSHA requirements. Businesses both small and large will be required to provide full classification of substances, products, chemicals, flammables, combustibles, etc and ensure the integrity of the assigned classifications. Safety Data Sheets (aka SDS) may require revisions to ensure full conformance with the new HCS 2012 rule.

    Our goal is to help people like you that play an important and vital role in the health and human safety of your companies or clients. Whether you are in physical plant security or facilities management or assess environment risk for your company or consult with small businesses, we are your best source for the most up to date information on the safe storage of chemicals, substances, products and combustibles that must meet OSHA, NFPA and/or EPA requirements for storage.

    We can help you maintain the highest levels of safety and compliance for the storage of flammables and combustibles and the HCS standard that may affect your company immediately or over the long term.

    In our next blog post we will go into more detail regarding the hazard classifications, substances and mixtures and how our line of Securall Storage Cabinets can help you with any possible compliance issues - and more importantly improve safety and reduce risk.


    This post was posted in Hazmat & Flammable Storage, OSHA Compliance, Ratings & Standards, Securall and was tagged with OSHA, hcs 2012, DCS, SDS, safety data sheet, who is affected

  • UL 350 Fire Rating Explained | Safes and Fire File Cabinets

    Posted on December 12, 2012 by admin

    The most trusted fire rating a safe or filing cabinet can carry is from UL. Underwriters Laboratory was founded to test products for public safety. It is an independent and objective laboratory. It was founded in 1894 and has since tested more and more diverse products and materials for safety.UL Classified Rating

    In addition, Underwriters Laboratory tests products which promise fire resistance. When you see the UL label on a safe or file cabinet you will have the peace of mind that Underwriters Laboratory has tested the product to ensure it has the fire resistance specified.

    A fire rated safe is insulated with fire resistant material. The type and amount of insulation is what protects the contents of a safe in case of fire. When you see the UL 350 label you know a safe or file is designed to protect paper documents and records from fire disaster and damage.

    What the UL 350 Label means is that the Underwriters Laboratory tested a safe for a length of time by exposing it to fire and the interior remained at 350°F or below. This is important because paper will start to char at temperatures above 350°F.

    When Underwriters Lab is testing a safe in one its testing furnaces, it always exposes the product to a temperature higher than the average building fire. The average heat in a building fire is 1200F. When you buy a FireKing or Sentry product from us, the temperature of the testing will be specified.

    The following is the way Underwriters Laboratory tests products which receive the UL 350 rating:

    UL 350 One-Half Hour Rated Products - The furnace is heated up to 1550°F over a one-half hour time period. During this time, the interior of the product cannot exceed 350°F.

    UL 350 One-Hour Rated Products - The furnace is heated up to 1700°F over a one hour time period. During this time, the interior of the product cannot exceed 350°F.

    UL 350 Two-Hour Rated Products - The furnace is heated up to 1850°F over a two hour time period. During this time, the interior of the product cannot exceed 350°F.

    UL 350 Three-Hour Rated Products - The furnace is heated up to 1920°F over a three hour time period. During this time, the interior of the product cannot exceed 350°F.

    UL 350 Four-Hour Rated Products - The furnace is heated up to 2000°F over a four hour time period. During this time, the interior of the product cannot exceed 350°F.

    A UL 350 rated safe or fireproof filing cabinet may include a rating to protect hard drives or flash drives from heat damage. It is important to ask if your product carries this rating! FireKing file cabinets do carry an ETL rating to protect hard drives for up to one half hour.

    For answers to your questions, click live chat or call Toll Free 1-866-867-0306.

    This post was posted in Ratings & Standards and was tagged with ul rated, fireproof, fire resistant, fire safe, classified, independent testing

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