Solution Provider Calls SSO Solution to EPCS Requirements, IDs Six Ways Healthcare Organizations Can Benefit
NEW YORK, April 12, 2016 – Healthcare providers nationwide may want to keep an eye on New York’s I-STOP prescription monitoring program, a law that took effect March 27th mandating electronic prescribing for both controlled and non-controlled substances throughout New York State. The mandate, which seeks to end over-prescription of controlled substances, requires all prescriptions to be created and transmitted electronically for tracking purposes. Physicians who do not comply will face fines and/or imprisonment. While other states have similar laws in place, New York’s is the first to carry both financial penalties and jail time for violators, something experts believe may soon expand nationwide. According to Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, the healthcare-focused arm of Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), adopting two-factor ID single-sign-on (SSO) will allow healthcare providers to participate securely in Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances (EPCS) in advance of such an expansion. To help, Logicalis US announced today it has formed a strategic partnership with industry-leading SSO and identity access management provider, HealthCast Solutions.
“To comply with EPCS regulations, you must have two-factor authentication technology in place,” says Ed Simcox, US Healthcare Practice Leader, Logicalis Healthcare Solutions. “HealthCast leads the market in two-factor-ID connectors for Epic EPCS; this is an important step in allowing physicians the ability to prescribe controlled substances from their homes or offices as securely as they can in the hospital setting, and it is what makes our relationship with HealthCast so timely and relevant. In addition, they are also an industry leader in SSO technology, which has much broader implications; EPCS is a compelling reason to implement SSO, but there are numerous benefits beyond EPCS that healthcare organizations should also consider.”
“Clinicians are becoming increasingly frustrated by the processes required to legally perform what should be simple tasks such as logging in to a hospital’s EHR system or writing e-prescriptions for patients,” says Joan Mehn, HealthCast CEO. “In large part, that frustration stems from the time it takes to simply sign in and out of accounts, something which is further hampered by the large number of passwords physicians are expected to commit to memory. Single-sign-on is the answer, and by combining the purchase of our top-ranked software with the skills brought to market by an organization like Logicalis which has a long history of success in healthcare IT consulting and professional services, we can help healthcare organizations enhance patient care, improve workflow efficiency and ensure clinician delight.”
Through this strategic relationship, Logicalis will offer its healthcare clients HealthCast’s entire portfolio of enhanced SSO offerings, including rapid VDI access, enterprise SSO, EPCS authentication, a biometric proximity badge activation software solution, and soon, a patent-pending offering called Secure Patient Desktop which will enable patients to securely share the same devices for access to patient portals. As HealthCast’s healthcare implementation partner in the United States, Logicalis Healthcare Solutions will install, configure and create custom clinical workflows for each of the organizations’ mutual clients.
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Since 1996, HealthCast has created software for healthcare providers to enable fast, simple, and secure access to patient data. Solutions provide unparalleled speed to EHRs and virtual desktops, secure fast-user switching, automated workflow within applications, unique proximity badge features, remote access solutions with second factor authentication, and “roaming sessions” to allow users immediate re-access to their work at any computer throughout the enterprise. It is known for its application Connectors and its track record of integrating 100% of any application requested for integration. Its single sign-on solution has the distinction of being ranked #1 in both the 2011 and 2014 KLAS SSO report and continues to be top-ranked today.
Logicalis is an international IT solutions and managed services provider with a breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications and collaboration; data center and cloud services; and managed services.
Logicalis employs over 4,000 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, deploy and manage complex IT infrastructures to meet the needs of over 6,500 corporate and public sector customers. To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM, EMC, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and ServiceNow on an international basis. It has specialized solutions for enterprise and medium-sized companies in vertical markets covering financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services, helping customers benefit from cutting-edge technologies in a cost-effective way.
The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1.5 billion from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific and is one of the leading IT and communications solution integrators specializing in the areas of advanced technologies and services.
The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg and London AIM Stock Exchanges, with revenues of over $6 billion.
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