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Data Systems Management Partners with Accordias Healthcare Services, LLC

Data Systems Management (DSM), a leading provider of Financial Systems , and Accordias Healthcare Services, LLC (Accordias), a leading provider of Revenue Cycle Services to Rural Community Hospitals, today announced an extension of their long standing Alliance and Technology Partnership.

Accordias has two practices that work very closely with DSM in providing financial services to our Rural Hospital community.  Their Recovery Practice which works with financially troubled facilities, utilizes the DSM Financial applications and claims Clearing House to help these rural facilities get their claims processed and bring financial stability to that facility.  Their Bankruptcy Practice which works closely with Chief Restructuring Officers and Bankruptcy Trustrees to clean up the accounts receivable, utilizes the DSM HIS System and it’s claims Clearing House to support that effort and return the maximum dollars to the Creditors Committee for maximum distribution.

With Accordias providing the expertize and resources, and DSM providing the financial tools, this Alliance will continue to provide the financial support all of our Rural Community Hospitals need to remain a viable community asset.

About Accordias Healthcare Services, LLC

As the preferred revenue cycle partner for community hospitals, Accordias Healthcare is uniquely qualified to step in and jumpstart your revenue cycle. We get community hospitals, because we’ve been in the trenches rubbing elbows with rural, critical access and community hospital administrators to create customized, actionable plans that quickly produce results. Technology platforms are no obstacle – we work with any system and eliminate additional costs related to technology. We can even help you recover from a challenged HIS implementation and begin realizing the benefits of your new technology sooner than later. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation revenue enhancement assessment.

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Ransomware is all the craze!

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that’s designed to encrypt your data and then hold it for ransom until you pay the hackers to get the decryption key.  There are several reasons to be concerned.

1. You’re data is encrypted and you’re not getting it back unless you pay the ransom or you reload your data from a recent backup. (big concern there!)  Depending on the type of backups you do and the number of infections you have in your organization, it could conceivably take anywhere from a few hours to upwards to a month to get fully restored.

2. If you pay the ransom (which can range from a few hundred dollars to a few hundred thousand dollars), there is no guarantee you’re going to get the decryption key.  Think about it.  Paying the ransom is basically saying that you trust the people that hacked your computers in the first place.  That’s just crazy, yeah?

What can you do to make your computers and local network more secure against hackers and malicious software?

While ransomware is not new, a new wave is sweeping over computer networks around the globe.  The most recent breakout infected over 300,000 systems in 150 countries across all industries.  However, there is a way you can dramatically reduce your chances of getting a ransomware infection.

It starts with updates.  Keeping your operating system (OS) updated is the first line of defense against any kind of malicious software attack.  It goes without saying (so I’ll say it), at this point you should not be using Windows XP or earlier OS.  They are not being supported anymore.

So using the latest OS and keeping that OS fully updated is the first, and easiest, way to minimize your risk of infection.  Apple and Linux get viruses, too.  So even if you’re not using Windows, keep your system updated.  That will go along way in protecting you.

Along with keeping your system updated, backups are important.  People generally don’t think about backups.  But, if the data on your system is vitally important, say, payroll, inventory, time sheets, AR, or any mission critical data, you should be doing nightly backups of that data.

If you become infected with a virus, or more specifically with ransomware, then you can recover your data by restoring the backups.  Problem solved!  No ransom payment!  The boss thinks you’re a genius and everything is right with the world!  Assuming your backups are good backups, you will be able to completely recover from a ransomware attack using them.

You should also have anti-virus software installed and running.  These days, ransomeware and other malicious software attacks usually start with clicking on an email attachment.  Just clicking the infected attachment will install the malicious code.  A good anti-virus will scan your emails when they appear in your inbox and alert you to possible infections.

The anti-virus program for your organization should be a business-class, i.e., an enterprise-level, version as opposed to the free stand-alone versions you can download from the Internet.

An enterprise-level anti-virus program can be a little pricey.  It depends on the vendor, which anti-virus you choose, and how many computers you want to put it on.  There is nothing wrong with the free versions on your home computer mainly because… well… they’re FREE!  But, free shouldn’t a consideration for your business, in this case.

So, to recap…

1.    Keep your operating system updated.
2.    Have an anti-virus running and keep it updated.
3.    Save early and save often.  Make backups!
4.    Don’t open email attachments.