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Is It Time For A Network Assessment?

When was the last time your business underwent a Network Assessment? As a business decision-maker, there are many moving parts to keep track of, and IT monitoring can easily fall through the cracks until something breaks. This approach can lead to unexpected expenses and business downtime. With a Network Assessment, you can anticipate and plan for potential IT snags, and resolve issues before they become major problems.

First, it is important to understand what a Network Assessment is and what it can mean for your business. This service assesses your IT infrastructure, including processes, security, and performance to identify problems and solutions. It is your first step toward improving IT efficiency and data security.

Now that you understand what a Network Assessment is and why it would benefit your company, it is time to find the right IT provider to manage the process. Partner with FUSE3 Communications and get your Network Assessment scheduled. We’ll help you to:

  • Understand network vulnerabilities
  • Identify bandwidth bottlenecks
  • Increase IT performance and efficiency
  • Shore up your cybersecurity defenses

When do you want to have a Network Assessment performed? A Network Assessment is especially critical if you are planning any major IT roll-outs, like a transition to cloud storage solutions, changing to VoIP phones, or if any of your infrastructure is nearing end-of-support or end-of-life. This service can also help shed light on any ongoing issues you have been experiencing, like slow performance speeds.

In the event that issues are identified during the Network Assessment, it is time to determine which actions you should take with the data you have obtained. This is where many business owners and decision-makers may begin to feel overwhelmed. How do you make the best decisions without comprehensive IT expertise? Many small-to-medium sized companies have limited or even no IT staff, or team members who are spread too thin. That’s why FUSE3 Communications is here for you as you navigate these concerns. You do not have to deal with these issues alone. We understand that discovering IT problems can feel overwhelming. At FUSE3 Communications, we believe your IT should be an asset to your business, not a headache. Not only will we perform a full Network Assessment, but we will also work with you to build a plan of action that has you feeling confident. Even if it sounds overwhelming, being proactive can make a big difference, and identifying IT issues is actually the first step to creating an IT infrastructure that works better for your business.

Ready to learn more about our Network Assessment services? Contact FUSE3 Communications today. With our trusted, vetted IT experts on your side, your Network Assessment will provide you with both an understanding of your current IT infrastructure issues and a solution-oriented approach to identifying your next steps.

HIPAA, IT, and Compliance: Are You Up To Date?

Summer is winding down and open enrollment is right around the corner. Is it time for you to think about HIPAA compliance?

Many business owners and decision-makers believe that HIPAA belongs to the world of doctor’s offices and insurance companies, but it’s a little more complicated. HIPAA applies to covered entities and their business associates. Covered entities include health plans and certain healthcare providers, the groups that immediately come to mind when you think of healthcare. Business associates are a much broader group, and can encompass entities like third party claims processing administrators, and accounting or legal firms serving healthcare providers.

Do HIPAA regulations apply to your business? There are ways in which you may find yourself working with protected information.

Some common means through which companies come into contact with HIPAA protected data include:

  • Health information in Worker’s Compensation claims
  • Data collected as part of employee wellness programs, like employee physicals
  • Information collected via an employee’s Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Self-insured health plans

Some companies are choosing to follow HIPAA regulations even if they are not covered entities or business associates. Why would they do that? Well, if you collect any health information, your employees and staff may expect you to follow HIPAA compliant practices, even if you are not technically required to. For example, the popular wearable technology company Fitbit gains a competitive edge through following HIPAA compliant practices even if it is not a covered entity. Today, most employers possess some kind of employee health information and consumers and employees expect assurances that their information is being handled properly. Therefore, for some companies, it simply makes good business sense to follow HIPAA guidelines.

What kind of health information are you collecting and how can you keep it secure? For many businesses, HIPAA compliance begins, and often fails, with IT. That’s because cybersecurity is a major component to keeping your business HIPAA compliant. From proper storage to secure messaging, you want to make sure you are taking the necessary steps to remain HIPAA compliant. From an IT standpoint, some options you want to explore include:

  • Security Risk Assessment
  • Disaster Recovery Planning
  • Secure Messaging
  • Cloud Storage

Having the right IT provider is one of the best ways to protect your business and ensure you remain up-to-date with any technology-related compliance requirements. Even if you do not have current compliance concerns, it may be time to assess your cybersecurity practices.

Compliance and IT can be convoluted and overwhelming to navigate. That’s why FUSE3 Communications is here to help. We are IT experts who remain up-to-date on the latest compliance regulations. If you think HIPAA might be a concern for your business, or even if you simply want to explore your IT options, call FUSE3 Communications. Our team of IT experts can help you identify compliance holes in your current IT infrastructure. Strong IT practices are crucial for the overall health of your business. We are here to help with any IT questions you might have. Contact FUSE3 Communications today!