Effective Date: 
Mon, 04/27/2020

ITS is implementing a program called QuickSupport which allows ITS staff to remotely access a computer to provide requested support.  When an IT ticket is opened, the tech who responds may request that they connect to your computer using QuickSupport in order to diagnose and/or resolve your issue.  Generally, SHS IT issues are reported to internal support staff (Robert Antonino or Cathy Sanders) who handle all issues with the EMR and minor to moderate system software/hardware issues. 


In the event that a SHS staff member needs to contact ITS directly for workstation support, the following procedure must be followed when using QuickSupport:


Procedures for HIPAA Units/Clients

  • Some mechanics of receiving remote IT support:
    • ITS uses a program called QuickSupport for remote assistance.
    • ITS techs will not connect to your computer without your permission. You give your permission by providing your QuickSupport ID and password to the tech. The tech will help you do this. There will also be a screen for you to “accept” the session.
    • Your QuickSupport ID is specific to your computer. A new password is generated each time you launch the program. 
    • Once you connect, the name and phone number of the ITS technician is displayed in a separate small window during the remote control session. Make sure this matches the person on the phone with you. If you don’t have confidence that you are talking to an ITS employee, decline the session, hang up, and contact the Support Center (9-HELP) to verify.
    • Have the tech explain why they are calling before accepting a remote assistance session. The reason should match what the client expects.
  • Tell the tech that they will be working on a HIPAA machine.
  • Inform the tech if the nature of the problem means HIPAA-related data might displayed on the screen. This includes pop-ups from HIPAA-related apps. It's not OK to open or run any HIPAA-related programs during a remote assistance session. If this will be required, remote assistance isn't an option and an in-person visit will need to be scheduled.
  • Close windows and log out of all HIPAA-related sessions (PnC & other health systems, PPS, email for Benefits Office) before accepting a remote support session. No ePHI or HIPAA systems can be open or visible on the computer.
  • Be aware that if your computer is rebooted during a QuickSupport session, the tech might automatically be reconnected.
  • Files containing restricted data of any sort may not be transferred using QuickSupport.
  • Be aware that techs are supposed to confirm required HIPAA security settings when working on a HIPAA machine if this hasn’t been done in the last 90 days. This is in addition to assisting with the specific problem at hand.
  • Always quit QuickSupport when the remote assistance session is complete. The tech should tell you when to do this, but be sure to ask, just to be safe.
Key Points: 
  • ITS can  now support SHS HIPAA systems using a tool called QuickSupport.
  • Specific rules must be followed to ensure protection of SHS HIPAA systems and data.
  • Always quit QuickSupport when the remote assitance session is complete.