Tag: health IT

If you’ve ever been to a HIMSS show, you know it’s one of the most important healthcare organizations ever made. It’s brimming with healthcare information management hot button topics and innovative ideas. It’s working collectively to optimize patient outcomes and care through technology and policy changes that will keep people safe and healthy. It’s comprised of the field’s leading experts and advocates, and is continually making positive change in the healthcare industry. Which is why we’re so excited to go …

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 …

BY TATIANA MELNIK Health IT Attorney As the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, it was already clear that 2014 was shaping up to be an exciting year for all things healthcare IT. With enforcement actions squarely on the heels of the new year, the on-going healthcare-related data breach litigation (and a renewed focus on data breaches from federal legislators because of the Target incident), the upcoming ICD-10 conversion deadline, the continued move to BYOD, and the growth of …

Over the past couple of years, the HIPAA Omnibus Rule has been hovering its head over health care organizations, Software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies and anyone holding, processing, or transmitting Electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) and Electronic Health Records (EHRs). With 2014 in full swing, organizations that consider themselves to be Business Associates (BAs) and Covered Entities (CEs) need to be looking at their policies and procedures, because the OCR may be knocking on your door this upcoming year. So what did …

Online Tech is liveblogging from Milwaukee at Rock IT Around the Clock! That’s the theme for the HIMSS Midwest Area Chapters Fall Technology Conference November 10-12, where we’re exhibiting our HIPAA hosting solutions at booth #501. Here’s our takeaways from a session on cyber security: Session: Cyber Attacks from Shanghai: Prepared? Speaker: Ali Pabrai Firewalls are our first line of defense! Antivirus control Many vulnerabilities enter the network via employees’ email activities. Authentication control This is a critical area We struggle with …

Online Tech is heading to Milwaukee to Rock IT Around the Clock! That’s the theme for the HIMSS Midwest Area Chapters Fall Technology Conference November 10-12, where we’ll be exhibiting our HIPAA hosting solutions at booth #501. Morning Keynote: Howard J. Jacob, Ph.D. from HMGC It’s all about the data. Personalized medicine What is it? Is it a reality any time soon? Big Data Building Collective Data There’s a disproportionate number of people that aren’t physicians that practice medicine that …

Online Tech is heading to Indy this Friday, October 4 to exhibit encrypted HIPAA hosting solutions at the 2013 Healthcare Compliance Association’s North Central Regional Compliance Conference. HCCA is a member-based organization for compliance professionals in the diverse healthcare field, including hospitals, group practices, home health, academic institutions, payor/managed care and more. According to HCCA-Info.org, the event will draw healthcare compliance officers and risk managers; healthcare CEOs and CFOs; healthcare consultants and attorneys; privacy officers; health information management specialist; and physicians and other …

Online Tech is heading to Milwaukee to Rock IT Around the Clock! That’s the theme for the HIMSS Midwest Area Chapters Fall Technology Conference November 10-12, where we’ll be exhibiting our encrypted HIPAA hosting solutions at booth #501. We offer encryption of data at rest and in transit, an addressable but highly recommended requirement of the HIPAA: In accordance with §164.306… Implement a mechanism to encrypt and decrypt electronic protected health information. (45 CFR § 164.312(a)(2)(iv)) HIPAA also mandates that …

Although SAS 70 (Statement on Auditing Standards) has been dead for quite some time now, we’ve found that those lagging in the health IT industry may still be confused about why SAS 70 is no longer the audit to look for when it comes to ensuring security with a cloud hosting provider. In fact, false information about SAS 70 as a qualifier for cloud computing security supporting the healthcare industry is still an issue. Some suggest that SAS 70 is …

Here’s a preview of upcoming events for September 2013 – as summer winds down, HIPAA compliance, health IT and cloud security become a main focus of the next month. National Health IT Week September 16-20, 2013 Now in its eighth year, National Health IT Week is a collaborative forum assembling key healthcare constituents—vendors, provider organizations, payers, pharmaceutical/biotech companies, government agencies, industry/professional associations, research foundations, and consumer protection groups— working together to elevate national attention to the necessity of advancing health …

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