I am looking for advice to come up with a technological solution for a physician’s office in NB, Canada. The scenario is that I would like patient files to be accessible remotely while still satisfying health privacy laws (PIPEDA), especially the part about patient records having to be stored in Canada.
I’m not really trying to use you all for free business advice. I am willing to pay someone to help me figure out this problem but how I’m at a loss for how to find such a person - Yellow Pages computing services? I don’t have much of a technology background: I’m a little familiar with using VPNs, SSH and FTP in a university setting and that’s about it.
All the computers involved use Windows Vista or 7. For word processors, either Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 or Google Docs (see below). I’m only concerned with documents and maybe PDFs.
I have seen this
question asked from a private home perspective.
Here are the possible solutions I’ve come up with so far but feel free to suggest a better idea.
The idea of you have a firewall, punch a hole in it and then you can access remotely using a password theoretically makes sense to me but I would need help set it up. How do I find someone? Otherwise, this does seem like the simplest idea. If you have any recommendations for version control with Microsoft Word 2010, they would be appreciated. I have tried googling and got several options. What is the best backup solution for this scenario?
I only understand the basic idea; I have no idea about how to get it set-up and the security concerns.
The pros are: intuitive, don’t need someone tech savy to set it up; we've already started using Google Docs for non-confidential documents; I like Google Docs revision history and ease for multiple users
The cons: Health Privacy concerns: encryption and health records must be stored in Canada. One possible solution is Perspecsys
, which interfaces between, say, Google Docs and us. However, they don’t currently offer a small office version and won’t until 2nd quarter of 2012
Googling found me this about Microsoft Sharepoint for doctors’ offices. Concerns are still that we need a Canadian-based server. Parts of it seem like overkill, such as the Human Resources and General Discussion sections.