There’s a new leader on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Wall of Shame. A hacking group known as “APT 18” is suspected of stealing names, Social Security numbers, addresses, birthdays and telephone numbers from 4.5 million patients of Community Health Systems, a network of 206 hospitals across 29 states (see map at right). Credit card numbers and medical records were not accessed. It’s the largest attack involving patient information since the HHS started tracking HIPAA breaches in …

The development of a widely-used encryption tool appears to have come to an end. The TrueCrypt page at SourceForge is telling visitors that the open source encryption software “is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues.” It informs users to not use their software because development ended this month after Microsoft terminated support of Windows XP. It also provides steps to migrate from TrueCrypt to Microsoft’s BitLocker. Early concern that the message was a hoax or hostile takeover …

One of the best networking and strategy sharing events in the midwest is happening in just a few short days. On May 14th, hundreds of senior IT executives are going to meet at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth for the Midwest Technology Leaders conference. The theme this year is The Next Decade of Innovation, Disruption, and Consumerization. This is the 10th anniversary of the Midwest Technology Leaders event, and promises to be a particularly engaging and helpful with …

This is the latest in a series of Online Tech client profiles. Read more here. How do you move from founding Hour Detroit magazine to being the president of Spin Media to starting an app development company to Apple requesting healthcare-focused iPad apps that are saving lives via improved communications? “Either way, you’re still trying to get people to respond and to react to something,’’ said Tom Hartle, founder and CEO of CoherentRx. “Whether it’s publishing an app, a magazine …

If you’re a member of a healthcare company at HIMSS14 this week, chances are you’re looking for innovations to improve patient outcomes at lower costs. As outlined in a recent press release, Online Tech will exhibit its innovative approach to securing patient data by incorporating encryption at the very core of its cloud and backup infrastructure to protect PHI from the front-end of patient portals all the way to the data-at-rest in offsite disaster recovery environments. This approach means PHI …

Online Tech is profiling several clients that will join us at the HIMSS14 annual conference and exhibition on Feb. 23-27 in Orlando. Read more here. Stop by booth #3904 to learn more. Looking for solutions to the inefficiencies of modern-day healthcare, Dr. Kurian Thott created a communication system that manages and monitors all day-to-day aspects of a healthcare team. Most critically, Thott notes, the web-based mobile application instaRounds revolutionizes “the most challenging pieces of medicine today” – the point of …

Online Tech is profiling several clients that will join us at the HIMSS14 annual conference and exhibition on Feb. 23-27 in Orlando. Read more here. Stop by booth #3904 to learn more. In the Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) model, health providers of all sizes serving Medicare patients, are being tested as new Affordable Care Act regulations come online. “For small to mid-sized physician-led ACOs, we found there was no perfect solution in the market,’’ said Malay Shah, CEO of Rimage …

It’s been a while since we checked in on the HHS Wall of Shame. At the time we discussed why Business Associates should invest in an independent HIPAA Audit (Jan 2012) , Business Associates were involved in 62% of the patient records breached. As of November 18, 2013, Business Associates (BAs) have been involved in 46.4% of the 27,772,675 patient records breached and reported to HHS with over 500 individuals affected[1]. Yes, that’s approaching 28 million patient records breached. Whether the smaller …

Although the updated Adobe hack number was last reported at 38 million users, Paul Ducklin of Sopho’s Naked Security blog has reported 150 million breached records have been found in a database dump online. While the passwords are encrypted, plaintext password hints have also been published alongside each record. However, the database dump doesn’t include any of the 2.9 million sencrypted credit and debit cardholder data that was also stolen in breach. Why is this such a serious breach? As I …

Results from the 2013 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing report found that the percent of total IT environment to be moved to the private cloud grew from 28 to 36 percent, with a lower TCO (total cost of ownership) being the top internal selling point for those surveyed (23 percent). The report included surveyed readers of CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld, ITworld, and Network World. Other top arguments for using the private cloud include the ability to enable business continuity (20 percent); …

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