Encryption has been widely talked about as one of the best tools to protect you against potential attacks on your data. For many companies processing credit card payments, encrypting data is required for compliance with standards such as PCI DSS and individual state laws. But if you’re in the healthcare industry, it’s even more important because it’s not required for hipaa compliance. What is encryption? It takes your data and codes it using a series of mathematical formulas to render …

There are many aspects of complying with HIPAA regulations, and all are equally important to avoid facing the stiff penalties that come as a result of any violations. In addition to technical and physical safeguards for your PHI, the administrative safeguards of the HIPAA Security Rule require a contingency plan. This is comprised of a data backup plan, disaster recovery plan, emergency mode operation plan, testing and revision procedures as well as application and data criticality analysis. We’ll discuss how …

Safeguarding Patient Data in EHRs

Posted on November 26, 2015 by

A recent blog by the HIPAA, HITECH & HIT legal blog of Fox Rothschild revealed a survey administered by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services (HHS). The EHR (electronic health record) technology questionnaire is part of a study on fraud and abuse safeguards in EHRs. The questionnaire may serve as insight for hospitals attempting to establish safeguards with their digital systems to protect electronic protected health information (ePHI) and prevent a …

What does 2015 have in store for the data center and cloud computing industries? We sat down with Online Tech co-CEOs Yan Ness and Mike Klein to get some of their informed predictions: Klein on the changing customer requirements for cloud and data centers: “One of the most significant trends in the cloud and data center market in 2015 will be the way companies in industries outside of healthcare, retail and finance start to incorporate security and privacy into their …

As we all take a step back to reminisce about the past year and drop the ball on a new one, those of us at Online Tech have plenty of achievements to celebrate. We’ve called this, our 20th year of existence, “the most ambitious and successful 12 months” in the company history in a recent press release. That’s notable, considering our 20th anniversary story about how we’ve evolved from being Michigan’s first ISP in 1994 to a leader in secure …

When Online Tech opened its Indiana Data Center earlier this year, co-CEO Mike Klein said the company “saw a gap in secure cloud and data center infrastructure serving Indiana.” That gap continued to be filled when Online Tech launched its new and improved cloud infrastructure in mid-December, creating the only truly PCI, HIPAA and SOX-compliant cloud in Indianapolis. The enterprise-level cloud is built on EMC XtremIO all-flash array technology that offers clients faster application response times while increasing reliability and …

When you create a list of who you’re thankful for, your auditor may not jump to the top of your list. After all, isn’t that who asks for all those mountains of documents and relentlessly asks those probing questions? Let’s face it: the relationship between a business and an auditor can be a contentious one. The high price of reports, resources spent compiling the information and remediating any issues can be more than enough to give any CXO heartburn and …

Infographic: HIPAA and Meaningful Use

Posted on October 31, 2014 by

NOTE: As discussed here previously, Online Tech was part of a panel webinar presentation of “5 Key Tools to Help Your Organization Achieve HIPAA Compliance,” inspired by a BlogHipaa.com post that cited tips from representatives of organizations specializing in each of those five areas. The following infographic, created by the Compliancy Group, is compiled from information compiled during that Oct. 21 webinar.

By JASON YAEGER Online Tech Director of Product Management, Risk Management Officer and Security Officer The cost of data loss can be staggering. A study at the University of Texas tells us that 43 percent of companies that experience a catastrophic data loss never reopen, and that another 51 percent close the doors within 10 years. For small- and medium-sized businesses, the cost is even more staggering: 70 percent of companies with fewer than 100 employees that experience a catastrophic …

Want to learn more about five tools that can help protect patient data? Online Tech Director of Healthcare IT April Sage will be part of a panel presenting “5 Key Tools to Help Your Organization Achieve HIPAA Compliance” via webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 21. The 90 minute webinar begins at 2 p.m. ET. (Register here.) BlogHipaa.com presented the five tools in a recent post, citing tips from representatives of organizations in each area. Now those industry experts will co-present a …

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