Those of us working in the security and compliance world are very aware of the data privacy rules and enforcement in different regulated industries: Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Office of Civil Rights (OCR) have broad authority over protected health information (PHI) through HIPAA and HITECH acts with significant fines for breaches of PHIO data by the holders of that data. Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) put teeth into protecting and securing financial data for publicly traded companies and a broad …

When the Ponemon Institute’s fourth annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy & Data Security was released earlier this month, it stated that use of cloud services is the second-highest security risk concern for healthcare organizations. Employee negligence was the runaway winner in that category, mentioned by 75 percent of leaders interviewed for the study. Cloud services (41 percent) was bunched in a tight race for second-place with mobile device insecurity (40 percent) and cyber attackers (39 percent). According to the …

Criminal attacks on healthcare systems have risen 100 percent over the past four years, according to the Ponemon Institute’s fourth annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security. When the Traverse City, Mich.-based institute first conducted the study in 2010, 20 percent of senior employees at healthcare organizations across the country reported attacks on sensitive data. That number rose to 40 percent in 2014. Despite the uptick in cyber attacks, the report indicates that the total number of data …

Scared of HIPAA? Don’t be. It represents huge opportunities for the IT world. That was the message from April Sage, Director of Healthcare IT for Online Tech, when she joined Karl Palachuk on his ‘Odd Tuesdays‘ podcast yesterday. (Find the replay here.) Palachuk invited Sage to join his bi-weekly show because its primary audience – managed service providers – has been engaged in a debate about whether HIPAA regulations and the HITECH Act make working in the healthcare space “so …

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 …

April Sage, Director of Healthcare IT for Online Tech, will join the ‘Odd Tuesdays‘ podcast on Tuesday, March 4, to give advice on HIPAA compliance. Odd Tuesdays is a podcast for IT consultants that discusses what’s new in tech management and best practices for running an IT business. The podcast airs on the first and third Tuesdays of each month and features a variety of vendor and managed service provider consultant interviews and advice segments. The March 4 podcast, titled …

Note: This is the 10th in a 12-part data backup video series by Online Tech Senior Product Architect Steve Aiello. View the entire backup video series. Want to make data backup an easier process? In today’s entry, Aiello suggests following the same business practices that you would for almost every other decision: Trust the experts. Talk to people that know data backup and do it every day. “If my toilet doesn’t work, I’m definitely calling a plumber. I’m not going …

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 …

A hat tip to Tatiana Melnik – an attorney concentrating her practice on IT, data privacy and security, and regulatory compliance – for passing on this security alert, which could impact HIPAA and other privacy security compliance obligations for those using iPhones, iPads and Mac computers, and any company with a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy in the workplace: ArsTechnica has reported today an extremely critical cryptography flaw discovered in iOS versions 6.1.5, 7.0.4, and 7.0.5, and OS X 10.9.0 …

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 …

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