Information Technology

Information technology has become critical to the overall operation and financial success of a hospital because it directly affects the provision of direct patient care and financial processes. CHC Consulting has developed a comprehensive set of technology solutions that support both the clinical and financial success of your facility with a focus on keeping a hospital data secure.

Benefits

  • Organized. A strategic and systematic approach to IT helps hospitals reduce costs and improve efficiency.
  • Strategic. As technology becomes increasingly intertwined with patient care, it is more important than ever for hospitals to have solid IT capabilities.
  • Safety. Because hospitals are a ransomware target, it is vital to focus on maintaining cybersecurity.
  • Savings. Community hospitals can save on telecommunications, internet access and credit card processing fees.

Blog

Strengthen Cybersecurity in Four Steps

In January, there were almost as many cybersecurity breaches in healthcare as there were days. Providers, health plans and their associates reported 29 breaches affecting about 438,000 patients to the federal government in the first month of 2020, according to data reported by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights. The largest single breach in 2019 exposed 11.5 million patients’ data. 

Across all industries, system glitches and human error account for 25 percent and 24 percent of breaches, respectively, but the majority—51 percent—are caused...

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Solutions

CHC Helps Hospitals Dial Down Telecom Expenses

In at least one respect, rural hospitals are no different than metropolitan hospitals — both need advanced telecom systems and robust data circuits for optimal patient experiences and clinical outcomes. However, these services typically cost more for rural health care providers, making it difficult to keep up with the latest advancements. This is where Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) can help. Accessing a government program, CHC Consulting, the management and consulting arm of CHC, helps eligible hospitals obtain federal funding earmarked specifically to address this discrepancy. With telecom as well as...

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Case Study

Rural hospital leverages USAC funding to save on telecom services, provide better care – Yoakum Community Hospital, Yoakum, TX

The Situation

Yoakum Community Hospital’s antiquated data network and low-speed internet fell short of meeting today’s healthcare industry demands, including use of electronic health records. “We need to be up 24-7 with reliable connections and redundant circuits in case of a primary system failure,” says Crystal Harris, the hospital’s IT director. CHC leveraged federal USAC funding for IT upgrades including high-speed internet and disaster recovery. Citing improvements in patient care as well as operational and financial performance, hospital CFO John Olivares calls the upgrades a “quantum leap forward” for...

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