How IT Departments Can Automate to Increase Efficiency by 40%

Too many IT departments get bogged down in doing manual work that could be automated. The root cause? Given the workload, the IT team simply can’t get ahead of the game. The time is never there to put the required tools and processes in place, and to master the associated learning curve — which is often steep. So talented staff spends the majority of their time focusing on repetitive tasks and rote troubleshooting instead of driving the business forward.

See if any of these scenarios apply to your organization:

  • Has your company asked your IT department to do more with fewer resources?
  • Have you been forced to reduce IT headcount, but still need to perform the same work?
  • Would you like to do more with the same IT staff?

If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, then read on.

The Impact of Outsourcing IT Automation

At FIT Solutions, we have the tools, processes and resources — coupled with the experience to apply them — to automate, standardize and streamline the IT environment. The bottom line is this: IT departments can increase their efficiency by 40%.

That improvement comes from application of best-practices automation coupled with economies of scale. Consider this: FIT Solutions successfully supports approximately 7,500 client users with a staff of 25 engineers. That’s one IT person for 300 employees — a ratio that can’t be touched by even the largest organizations. This doesn’t negatively impact our level of service, however; over the last 90 days, our customer satisfaction after over 1,000 reviews averaged 98.6 out of 100!

Here are some of the tasks we take on for our clients:

  • Managing desktops, mobile devices, servers and network infrastructure using automated tools
  • Installing and maintaining automated systems for handling upgrades, managing patches and applying them
  • Implementing and configuring automated systems that alert on issues based on varying degrees of severity and criticality
  • Establishing systems for log analysis, visibility, reporting and remote access — all to speed performance analysis, fine-tuning and troubleshooting
  • Creating and standardizing documentation for addressing regulations and resolving issues

Not Just Tools — But Years of Experience Using Them

Our engineers have spent years working with a stack of best-in-class automation tools and have developed proven methods for applying them efficiently across a wide variety of IT environments. We’ve done that work so your IT staff can piggyback on that experience. Too often, IT organizations invest in similar tools, but don’t have the time to utilize them fully so the investment falls short of delivering what’s promised—or worse, becomes ‘shelfware’. We can create those efficiencies for you, and either train your staff to apply them or simply take the administrative burden off your IT department’s hands.

Does being 40% more efficient sound good to you? To learn more about how we can optimize your IT environment in a way that delivers measurable increases in efficiency, call us today at 888-339-5694 or contact us here.

Livin’ La Vida Zoom—Keeping In Touch with a Remote Workforce

During this time of COVID-19, self-isolation and social distancing, businesses and communities across the nation and the globe are dealing with a lot of turbulence. More and more organizations are turning to remote workforce solutions to continue operations.

Many of these businesses are used to being in a physical location; moving to a completely remote setup may take some adjustment. In our last post, we discussed how a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) can allow your team to securely access corporate data from their personal devices. But the human element of your teams is just as important.

Now more than ever, company culture and structure are going to be vital for stability. Here at FIT Solutions, we made it a point to recreate our office environment as closely as possible in a virtual setting. This has allowed us to transition seamlessly into remote work. Some of the things we’re doing to maintain normal operations include:

  1. Structure & Routine
    We’ve encouraged our team to stick to their regular routine where possible—maybe filling the time they would have spent commuting with physical activity, like working out or walking the dog. Normal dress code still applies. By dressing professionally, team members are always ready to jump on a call or video meeting with a client or prospect. All remote employees are expected to have their cameras on for Zoom meetings; this helps everyone stay alert and engaged.
  2. Department Touchbase
    Each afternoon, department heads have a Zoom meeting, no more than 10-15 minutes, with all members of their team to make sure everybody’s on track.
  3. Client Communications
    Immediately after San Diego announced shelter-in-place guidelines, we began reaching out to our clients. Members of procurement and sales jumped in to help our account managers reach everyone as soon as possible. We asked how they were doing with the transition, whether they needed any help, and assured them that everything is business as usual on our end—they wouldn’t experience any gaps in service from our team!
  4. Team Motivation
    At FIT, we pride ourselves on the quality of service that we provide, and we love hearing positive feedback from our happy clients! We have a designated Microsoft Teams channel dedicated to sharing these testimonials and kudos with the whole team. It’s also a means for team members to shine a spotlight on a coworker that went above and beyond. These shout-outs keep us excited and determined to keep providing the best possible service we can.


While our normal structure was already well-arranged to support remote work, we did make a few adjustments, from which we’ve seen good results.

  1. All-Hands Huddle
    Every morning, we have a 15-minute all-hands meeting through Zoom. Cameras are required to be on, and virtual backgrounds are encouraged. Members of our management team take turns sharing recent wins, news, tips and positive thoughts to motivate our team to success. We center these stories around our core values to keep our company culture strong and focused. Since we began working from home, having this meeting daily (instead of weekly) helps to keep everybody on the same page and working towards the same goal.
  2. Storytime
    During our all-hands huddle, one or two employees take a few minutes to share something personal and positive—maybe their new home-office set-up, or what they’re doing to stay active or productive while shut-in, or a great experience they had with a coworker or client. We love seeing each other’s pets and kiddos!
  3. Virtual Happy Hour
    We usually do these monthly or semiweekly at the office, so it was only natural to continue this tradition on Zoom! Everybody’s welcome to dress-down and share a beer and stories from home.

Even though sometimes it feels like we’re practically living on Zoom these days, these tips are helping the FIT team to stay positive and busy! What is your business doing or trying to continue operations from home? If you need help getting your workforce set up with secure remote access, let us know; we’d love to have a conversation with you. Not sure if you’re fully equipped? Get your free assessment today or call 888-339-5694.

How to Quickly — and Securely — Enable Work-From-Home

In response to current events, your business may be faced with the challenge of quickly putting a work-from-home program in place for your employees. Here’s the hard part: those employees will be largely on their own, with varying degrees of technical knowledge, connecting from their own home networks and accessing corporate data and resources. You need not only to get them connected, but equip them to work productively, with ample security in place so you don’t put your organization at unnecessary risk.

Considering the Alternatives

The best-practices approach — under normal circumstances — is to distribute preconfigured corporate-owned laptops. Aside from the expense, time might be the bigger issue in our current situation as businesses everywhere are rushing to equip remote workforces. Currently, the time from order to delivery of new laptops is around 15-30 days, for some suppliers.

A tempting short-term fix is to allow employees to connect to corporate resources directly using their own personal home computers, laptops, or tablets. However, this exposes corporate assets to a wide variety of risks that are outside of your control. These risks include outdated or insufficient endpoint protection, access of confidential data by others in employee households, and rogue devices on a poorly secured home network — among other threats.

The Right Technology, Right Now: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a widely used remote access approach with many advantages. With VDI, employees use their personal devices to access a virtual desktop — a computer that they control remotely. They view the screen, and control it via mouse or keyboard. The approach is much less expensive than provisioning and distributing laptops, and far more secure than a direct connection. With VDI, business owners can:

  • Provision remote access for tens or hundreds of users cost-effectively with a cloud-hosted solution
  • Allow secure access by a wide range of employees’ personal devices, from home PCs to laptops and tablets to smartphones
  • Tightly control access by combining standard login credentials with multi-factor authentication (MFA) to guard against weak or compromised passwords
  • Keep corporate data off of personal or public networks — the corporate data only appears superficially onscreen, and never actually enters or is stored on the user’s personal device
  • Provide a familiar environment and business access —the virtual desktop can be configured to look and behave exactly like an office-based system, with access to all corporate applications and data stores, productivity, email and collaboration software

At FIT Solutions, we can quickly set up a VDI for your employee remote access. It is housed in our data center in a private cloud, with all essential security measures provided. We connect the virtual desktops to any applications or data you need, whether those are in another public or private cloud, or in your own data center with access protected through a secure point-to-point VPN.

Have questions? We have the answers. For more information or to get started right away, give us a call at 888-339-5694. We’re also offering a free Remote Workforce Readiness assessment, which you can find here.

Step-by-Step EHR Migration Checklist for Senior Care Facilities

Ownership changes are a fact of life in senior care. When a nursing home or LTPAC facility changes hands, you’re often faced with the challenge of migrating the electronic health record (EHR) system to a new platform — without sacrificing or impacting continuity of care. At FIT Solutions, we’ve supported many of these migrations. Over time, we’ve developed a roadmap and set of best practices for efficiently and successfully completing the handover to new ownership.

EHR Migration Roadmap: Planning Ahead

Preparation is key. In our experience, the more attention you pay to the first four steps here, the less likely you are to encounter unplanned obstacles downstream that could substantially delay your migration.

  1. Determine the migration type. We anticipate that as the new owner, you’ll be using an EHR system hosted in the cloud. There are so many advantages to a cloud-based system that hardly anyone hosts their instance on-premises in their own data center anymore. Here are the possible scenarios.
    • EHR to same EHR. If the outgoing and incoming owners use the same EHR system, the migration can be as simple as spinning up a new instance of the software in the cloud and copying the database over. Not all of the steps in this checklist will apply to you, but most assuredly, some of them will.
    • Paper records to EHR. In some ways, moving from paper records is more straightforward than migrating across different EHRs. You’ll need to do some scanning and have the resources to do that available to you.
    • EHR to different EHR. The majority of the time, this is the scenario you’ll be dealing with.
  2. Obtain and inspect the final letter of agreement. We can’t emphasize this enough. You need to have the sale confirmed and letter of agreement finalized several months before the migration. The letter of agreement spells out whether the pre-existing computing, network and telephony equipment comes along with the sale. It also spells out which EHR records you’ll be allowed to copy. Policies vary from seller to seller — sometimes widely. The letter of agreement dictates what information you can migrate, and how. You can’t presume anything.
  3. Assess the willingness of the outgoing owners to cooperate. Regardless of what’s in the letter of agreement, reach out and get an idea of the outgoing owner’s willingness to share information, grant access and respond to your inquiries. The entire process will go much smoother with a cooperative seller. Some limit access and support. Enlightened sellers understand that transferring ownership supports their overall strategy, and is just part of doing business.
  4. Conduct a coordinated site survey. If you can, go onsite well in advance and do a thorough walk-through and site survey. Ideally, the IT team as well as electrical and other contractors will all go at the same time to work through and plan any potential changes. Typically, there is some IT work that’s dependent on the electrical work. This includes the need to relocate electrical outlets and network drops, or add new ones to accommodate new kiosks, Wi-Fi access points or other equipment. If backup power isn’t in place, this is the right time to rectify that shortfall if budget allows, or to at least put a contingency plan in place. Verify that there’s a contract for the essential electrical work, and clarify who owns it.

EHR Migration Roadmap – Setting the Stage

Once you understand the landscape, it’s time to start preparing the environment for the new EHR.

  1. Purchase new equipment as necessary. Assuming you’ll be allowed to take over the old equipment, cloud-based EHR systems can often run on older hardware. However, the browser needs to be up to a certain standard and the hardware needs to support it.
  2. Complete the electrical and cabling work. If any electrical service and network connections need to be provisioned to accommodate relocated computers, servers or Wi-Fi access points, schedule that work so it’s complete before the IT teams start to install the new equipment.
  3. Identify effective, tech-savvy and smart superusers. You’ll need to press some staff into service for two jobs: handling data re-entry to populate the new EHR with the most essential data, and to serve as support for the other users during the transition.
  4. Complete the IT-related work. This includes installing any new hardware, and configurations of the network, network devices, phone and/or fax systems. Now is the time to make sure that essential items are in place to support the transition, such as online storage and multifunction printers/scanners. If you’re switching ISPs, arrange for the connections. If you’re retaining the former ISP, make sure the contracts and new billing arrangements are in place to ensure continuity.

Migration Roadmap – Preparing to Execute

Two to three weeks prior to going live with the new EHR, start the process of migrating records to the new system and preparing your staff. You’ll be using paper charting during this interval, to cover any gaps.

  1. Contact the EHR provider to create a new instance of the software. Assuming you’re already a customer with existing accounts for your other facilities, this is likely a simple phone call.
  2. Prepare manual/paper processes to cover contingencies. During the time records are being converted and uploaded to the new EHR, you’ll need to have paper forms in place so caregivers can document their actions.
  3. Start superusers on the data migration or export to .pdfs. This is where your letter of agreement dictates what you can do. The profile and MDS documents can usually be electronically copied. Census or basic resident information can be often be migrated by a third-party provider. However, the core of the records, including care plans, assessments, orders and ADL tasks typically need to be output as .pdfs or scanned in from paper copies, and attached to the patient records in the new EHR.
  4. Put training materials in place. During the lead-up to adoption of the new EHR, make preparations to train the staff. Stage any training modules or videos, and ensure that all employees can access them. Set up a sandboxed system with simulated patient data, giving the caregivers the opportunity to practice. Prepare your superusers to conduct webinars and other training sessions, and schedule them during the first two weeks post-live.
  5. Plan for staffing and superuser coverage. During at least the first two weeks post-cutover, make sure that one or two superusers are available to cover for each shift. Clarify which resources, whether the superusers, IT services team or EHR support, are to handle specific issues such as how-to questions, password resets, Internet or Wi-Fi issues, email issues and access to shared drives.
  6. Execute training programs. Once the new EHR is populated with the essential data, you can roll out your training programs across all care teams. Rely on your superusers to train other nurses, CNAs and aides as you take the system live.

At FIT Solutions, we’ve handled and supported dozens of EHR migrations for senior care facilities. If you have an upcoming project or are planning an acquisition, feel free to reach out to our staff of experts. Give us a call at 888-339-5694.

Team Onboarding—Best Security Practices for Senior Care Facilities

It’s a common adage in cybersecurity: humans are the weakest link in your defenses. Hackers still do manage to infiltrate networks directly, but more commonly, their preferred route of access is through your people. No matter how fortified your firewall or effective your antivirus, anyone could click on a link and fall for a phishing scheme or be fooled into sharing a password. The risks compound if you regularly take on new employees. Every system they can access also represents a potential entry point for a criminal. You not only need to be able to give employees access when they join, but more importantly, shut down all their access when they leave.

Here are a few suggestions to help you close down those security holes.

Automated Onboarding — and Offboarding

An account left open is an open opportunity. Terminated employees have used their unterminated access to steal information or otherwise take revenge. Successful crimes have also been committed when criminals exploit a still-open account after an employee has moved on. Once a criminal has a foothold, they can either use access to one system as a beachhead for escalating privileges or move laterally across systems to gain access to higher-value information. So each and every account with access to EHR, human resources, nutrition, directory services, accounting and other key systems leaves the others vulnerable. When an employee leaves, there’s no reason to leave those accounts active, but it’s easy to overlook one or two—and it happens all too often.

Solutions are available that automate the steps of onboarding. These make the process essentially self-service for the new hire and easier for everyone involved, including human resources and IT staff. Once configured correctly, with a single login the user can either automatically be given access to all the systems the role requires, or receive instructions on setting up new accounts or passwords. On the back end, any manual steps that system administrators need to take are flagged for action as part of a standard workflow. Most importantly, the chain of access and granting various system privileges is completely reversible. That is, when the employee leaves, the system cycles through a series of actions that remove the privileges of all accounts for that individual – and the security holes they represent.

These automation solutions take multiple forms. Sometimes they’re part of a Human Resources Information System (HRIS). This type of software automates the process for HR (payroll, benefits and similar functions) as well as IT. Software that handles only the IT onboarding piece is more commonly referred to as Identity Access Management (IAM) or Single Sign-On, among other terms. There’s considerable feature overlap among these categories of software. Make sure that any you are considering can automate onboarding to the specific systems you use.

User Education Services

Weak passwords, passwords shared across multiple accounts, a tendency to fall for social engineering ruses and ignorance of basic information security are all human-based vulnerabilities. Employee-education services have become an essential part of security. Enroll each new hire in these programs as an integral part of the onboarding process.

  • Cybersecurity Awareness Training. This type of training instructs employees on how to spot phishing scams as well as good password hygiene and other precautions and security measures. Training can be self-paced online, via webinar or in-person seminars. Which option you choose depends on the third-party provider’s offering and what’s practical for your organization.
  • Phishing Testing. This service sends simulated phishing emails on a regular basis, using the same social engineering tricks used by criminals. If an employee takes the bait, the service provider follows up and requires the employee to take further training. The IT or security department receives regular reports on how well the employees are doing overall, as well as an audit trail on which employees have completed the training.

One other service to consider is dark web monitoring, which crawls illegal online marketplaces looking for stolen login credentials for sale. If they find any credentials of your employees, you’ll receive an alert so you can delete the account or change the password to something stronger and more secure.

At FIT Solutions, we have partner relationships with many service providers who are the best in the business at what they do. We can assist you with selection, setup and ongoing best practices to support all of your new hires and also to close down access for former employees. If you would like to know more, give us a call at 888-339-5694.

Changing Your IT Services Provider: 5 Tips for a Smoother Switch

Let’s face it: You probably rely on your IT services provider a lot. And if there’s a substantial amount of knowledge locked up with your provider, it feels easier to stay the course — even if you know you’re outgrowing their ability to deliver the support and services you need.

With a little pre-planning, you can switch providers with confidence that you won’t lose access to critical systems and suffer the lack of business continuity that comes with it. There’s no reason to let fear of the unknown keep you from making a transition that you know will be better in the long run for the growth and prosperity of your business.

Why Switch?

A reluctance to make a change is understandable, but also unfortunate because there are many legitimate reasons for making a switch. You might feel that you’ve outgrown your current provider, or are frustrated because the level of responsiveness or quality of IT support isn’t what it could be. But in our experience, the #1 reason for switching IT providers is that the provider failed to provide proactive consulting and business planning. A true IT services partner shouldn’t just be content to keep your systems running—they should endeavor to use IT to grow your business, and make it more efficient and profitable.

Transition Tips

Preparing to switch IT providers involves taking a thorough inventory of your IT environment to make sure that the switch won’t leave you without access to systems that are critical for business operations. Especially if you’ve been with the current provider for a while, key pieces of information or infrastructure might be in their hands rather than yours, and that’s a problem. Here are five areas to check:

  1. Administrative control. Look at network equipment, servers, and applications — whether on-premises or in the cloud — and make sure you have the current logins and passwords. Verify you have the right credentials by logging in, and ensure that those accounts give you full administrative control.
  2. Ownership of equipment. Are your data and applications on servers that are leased or owned by the outgoing provider? Similarly, who owns the firewalls, switches and other networking equipment? If you don’t have ownership of the infrastructure and licenses, you’ll need to anticipate the costs of a buyout or transfer, or of purchasing new equipment.
  3. Internet service provider, telephony and other connectivity. Are the service contracts with you, or the outgoing IT provider? Don’t overlook the registration of your domain name and control of the DNS records.
  4. Software licenses. Who holds the software licenses for Office 365 and any line of business applications your team uses?
  5. Continuity planning. Before you pull the switch, consider plans for how you’ll keep your business running through the change. The incoming provider can help, but changing IT providers is more complex than simply turning over the keys to someone new. You’ll need a well-thought-out project plan—especially if the change involves moving to new applications or other infrastructure changes.

Avoiding Lock-In

It’s an unfortunate fact of life in our industry that service providers sometimes put themselves in a position where they own infrastructure or licenses, or keep administrative credentials to themselves. The more dependent you are on them, the easier it is for them to hold onto your business even after you’ve outgrown their service. But if you’re thinking about changing providers now, or can see a need to change at some point in the not-so-distant future, it’s time to start making sure you have the keys to your own kingdom.

At FIT Solutions, we share the administrative logins and full network documentation with our customers, using a third-party service to ensure full transparency. We also have a thorough and documented onboarding process to ensure the change goes smoothly. If you’ve outgrown your current IT provider, we’d love to start a conversation. Call us at 888-339-5694.

8 Steps to Mobile Device Security for Senior Care Environments

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, observed each October, promotes heightened awareness of the importance of computer security issues. This year’s theme is “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.”

The first — Own  IT — refers to taking responsibility for security. While much of the focus of the messaging is on individual security, there are some timely reminders for business environments as well. This is especially true for our FIT Solutions customers who use mobile tablets to access EHR and other clinical systems.

Your internal network contains protected health information, and for HIPAA compliance, you must be absolutely sure that any connected devices are secure. Here are the best practices we recommend:

  1.  Secure Your Wi-Fi.
    This is vital for LTPAC environments. Offering Wi-Fi to patients and their guests is a standard business practice, and is essentially an expectation.  Keep the guest Wi-Fi on a network that is separate from the clinical network, and establish a firm policy to prohibit your staff from sharing the clinical network password with patients or guests. Business-class Wi-Fi access points allow you to set up separate networks and prevent cross-traffic between them. If your staff brings their own smartphones to work, only allow them to access the guest network. You might offer them a third and separate network that allows some access, but still prevents their devices from accessing clinical data. Given the possibility of an unsecured device leading to a breach of patient data, you simply must allow only devices that you can directly control and secure to access medical records.
  2. Require Endpoint Security Software.
    Any device that connects to your network is an endpoint with access to your network’s data. PCs are no longer the only vulnerable point; Android devices are especially susceptible, and criminals are increasingly targeting tablets running iOS. Make anti-malware software part of the standard configuration, and set it to trigger regular updates.
  3. Fortify Your Logins. 
    A tablet or other device that has access to medical data must be locked with a passphrase to prevent unauthorized use by visitors who might pick it up. In addition to a strong password policy, the best practice is to enable multi-factor authentication for any access to the clinical network. These measures protect you against unauthorized use of the device as well as against criminals guessing passwords or using stolen credentials to gain access. In addition, hide the SSID so you’re not broadcasting the name of the clinical network.
  4. Mandate VPN Use.
    Mobile devices can be susceptible to eavesdropping. Take advantage of the strong encryption offered by a VPN by implementing a VPN for access to the clinical network if the device needs to leave the secure network. Look for one that also supports multi-factor authentication to protect the VPN logins.
  5. Protect Against Malicious Apps.
    One of the biggest mobile-device risks is applications that pose as something useful or fun, but are actually designed to steal data. Establish policies that limit or block the use of third-party software on your clinical devices.
  6. Develop and Require a Secure Configuration.
    Establish a standard, secure configuration for devices that connect to the clinical network.  This includes requiring a lock code or password for access, preventing access of other wireless networks, and either hiding the device from Bluetooth discovery or, better still, disabling Bluetooth altogether.
  7. Enable Remote Lock and Wipe.
    Be sure you are able to remotely lock the device to prevent its use if it is ever lost or stolen. Ideally, the devices don’t store any data at all and are only used to access or update the patient records. But if they do hold any data, or as an extra measure of protection, ensure you can wipe the data from the device as well. If the device is found, you can simply re-image it from a backup.
  8. Conduct Mobile Security Audits.
    Hire an outside firm to annually audit your mobile security and perform penetration testing. Testing using the same mobile devices that you use in your environment will uncover potential issues before a criminal discovers them.

We encourage you to use National Cybersecurity Awareness Month to take a serious look at your security and address any shortcomings. If you would like assistance implementing these measures or an evaluation of your HIPAA compliance posture, FIT Solutions is here to help. Call us today at 888-339-5694.

Public Wi-Fi Security for Senior Care: 4 Tips for Keeping Patient Data Safe

As the baby boom generation enters the Senior Care market, skilled nursing, assisted living and other facilities that serve to the senior population face a new challenge.

They have to meet the technology-access expectations of tech-savvy patients and their families. Wi-Fi access is now an essential part of the service mix for residents and visitors.

Since these are healthcare facilities, though, HIPAA compliance and patient-safety issues are even more paramount. Roaming caregivers require their own Wi-Fi access to electronic health record (EHR) or electronic medical record (EMR) systems. Monitoring, alerting and other systems that directly support care delivery might also connect via Wi-Fi. Unsecured guest and resident devices connecting to the same network as medically critical devices present a huge risk.

Here are four tips for safely making Wi-Fi available for senior patients and residents, visitors and guests while preventing compromises and addressing the compliance issues.

1.  Use business-class Wi-Fi technology to segregate the networks. Business-class technology allows you to use separate Wi-Fi SSIDs to isolate networks. At minimum, create one for resident/guess access and one for caregivers/staff. Put the guest network in a DMZ or otherwise isolate its internet access and block access to the staff network. (Business-class technology is a must in a senior-care facility for reasons other than security. It generally delivers more-robust coverage than consumer-grade devices, including support for multiple access points.)

2.  Enforce policies to keep the staff passphrase secure. Staff might be tempted to share their password with guests and residents, especially if the resident Wi-Fi enforces bandwidth throttling that limits data consumption. Discourage passkey-sharing by requiring a longer and more-complex passphrase for the staff network, while making the guest passkey shorter and easier to remember and enter. The best practice is to enact a written policy that prohibits sharing the staff passkey with residents or guests, or connecting their devices to the staff network.

3.  Hide the Wi-Fi SSID for the staff network. By not broadcasting the SSID, it won’t show as a connection option. Moreover, if you don’t share the SSID with the staff, they won’t be able to connect any device on their own. This means IT personnel may need to occasionally help with getting equipment connected, but this is often easier than having to change the passkeys on all the devices later because residents are found to be connecting to the staff network.

4.  Add an extra layer of sign-on security. Consider one or both of these options. MAC address filtering allows pre-authorized devices — and only those devices — to connect to the staff network. It can be difficult to administer, however. A much more effective and seamless approach is to use a single sign-on solution (such as Okta or Onelogin) that allows access only when a user enters their staff email address and password.

Of course, there’s more to compliance with HIPAA, HITECH and other regulations than just securing Wi-Fi access, but the tips above deal effectively with one of the biggest vulnerabilities that senior care facilities face.

If you would like to know more about security in a senior care setting, we’re here to help. You can learn more about FIT Solutions managed IT services for healthcare by calling us at (888) 339-5694.

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