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Re: Healthcare Standards and Regulations
From: Jason Kolpin <jasonk () ncat org>
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 13:22:08 -0600

I've looked here and now have looked again. Is it just me or is there absolutely no cut and dry guidance for the physical and logical network design regulations for healthcare IT infrastructures? I can sit and read and read to get my one or two sentences per document that covers what I am positive is a tiny chunk of the entire whole, but is this really necessary? Somewhere there must be some cut and dry list of HIPAA requirements for IT infrastructure, segmentation, firewalling, and data security. I'm not so concerned about the software or services, I am positive I can manage that what I am concerned about is not having the email server sharing a zone that their medical records zone is or whatever the requirements may be. I'm also concerned about network user policy and the regulations that apply there as well including vlan implementation, what doctors should be able to see and do as well as what others should and should not be able to do. Nice guess at California as we have offices there, I am in MT though.

I also must note that at a glance the suggestion from another post to read NIST P-800-66 looks promising to a degree.

Jason Kolpin
Web Specialist
National Center for Appropriate Technology
www.ncat.org



John Morrison wrote:
Jason,

As you are in California I assume the main regulation is HIPAA. Have
you tried the HIPAA Resource Center
(http://www.aishealth.com/Compliance/HIPAAResource.html) as a starting
point?

Also, do the suppliers of the products have any literature?

On 14 April 2010 23:22, Jason Kolpin <jasonk () ncat org> wrote:
Hello!

I have been approached by a small medical practice to build an
infrastructure from the ground up. After some research I decided I knew
nothing about best practices and such in this environment, these folks are
in a rural area and have no clue who to contact, I am at a loss as well
other than a big company like Seimans or something. It would be greatly
appreciated if anyone on this list knew of a place where I could get some
solid information on this subject, refer these folks to a company that does
this sort of thing, or offer some advice for a situation such as this. It's
not like I am completely clueless concerning server setup and stuff like
that, I work IT, I am more interested in security related information such
as typical physical layout for the network, IE firewalling and data/service
separation issues.

Excuse my ignorance here as this is completely new to me.
I have been asked about LIS, RIS, PM, patient records server,
scheduling/calendar, billing, email server, domain controller, VPN from two
locations and some more. I'm just looking for some simple "stick man"
drawings of a typical physical layout using this type of stuff, as well as a
place I might go to find out about required/mandated policies and such, and
even a few hints on policies you may know that you find important in a
situation such as this.

FYI I have already informed these people I am not the man for the job as the
risk is too great for me should something bad happen but they are probably
going to use me as a consultant, they have no IT staff and are completely
clueless about how the simplest of things work.

I know this is a lot to ask of a mailing list so no surprise if I get no
response.

--
Jason Kolpin
Web Specialist
National Center for Appropriate Technology
www.ncat.org



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