Symantec Corp., the makers of Norton AntiVirus and other computer security programs, announced earlier this week a new program, the Symantec Healthcare Provider Solution, which includes a variety of services to help health providers become more efficient.
The new program will help health providers protect and manage their critical infrastructure and ensure that vital patient information is both protected and accessible, according to an article on CNN Money.
The concept of computerizing patient data is not new; many of the presidential candidates have included in their health-care reform packages a plan to organize patient information electronically in order to save time and money.
And, apparently, it works.
“Symantec gives Baptist Health the confidence that our critical patient information is protected, and simplifies the management of our infrastructure to help us ensure compliance, better serve our patients and enhance employee productivity,” said Allen Montgomery, of Baptist Health South Florida, which serves approximately 100,000 patients annually.
“With Symantec, we have saved close to $2 million in IT administration costs, leaving more funding to focus on initiatives that directly benefit our patients.”
Among the functions of the new program:
- Protect interconnections and mitigate security risk – Symantec helps healthcare providers protect critical endpoints (workstations, servers, databases, mobile devices), enforce security policy, prevent data loss and monitor and report access to systems for compliance with internal policies and regulations
- Manage data in an increasingly complex environment – Advances in medical digital imaging and electronic medical records (EMRs) have enabled healthcare providers to streamline diagnosis and treatment, reduce medical errors, increase efficiency and improve patient care
- Automate compliance amid changing industry regulations – Healthcare providers must thrive in a landscape of constantly changing regulations and standards imposed by federal, state, and local governments, accrediting bodies and regional health organizations