Tag: healthcare

Our world is on its way to being completely connected and at our fingertips, thanks to the Internet of Things. But with those millions of possibilities comes the millions of threats of security breaches connected devices pose. It’s an issue that is slowly getting attention, but it will probably take many more attacks like the one on Dyn in October before a change in culture is brought about. If you use devices such as cameras to monitor hallways or medical …

Ransomware may have possibly taken the crown as THE crime to beat in 2016, with record growth and profits for criminals. The healthcare industry is a particularly attractive target, because hospital systems are often vulnerable and the critical nature of patient data means they are more likely to pay out than risk being locked out of their files. While payments used to start around $50, the average payout is now $679, with $209 million paid out in Q1 of 2016 …

Top data breaches from 2016

Posted on December 23, 2016 by

In a world where the Internet of Things is growing exponentially, attackers are exploiting vulnerabilities in systems every day, and data breaches are constantly announced, cybersecurity has been top of mind. Here’s a look at some of the biggest data breaches from 2016 as well as some honorable mentions from 2015. Yahoo: The company suffered two breaches this year, announcing thefts in September and December. The latest breach may be the biggest of all time, as Yahoo is estimating 1 …

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’s a fundamental change underway in the healthcare system, which is shifting away from a traditional fee-for-service model toward a more accountable, patient-centered model of care. Accountable care organizations (ACO) are popping up across the country with what’s being referred to as a Triple Aim: better care for individuals, better health for populations, and lower per capita costs. In a recent Online Tech Tuesdays at Two webinar session, attorneys Tatiana Melnik and Carrie Nixon extensively defined and discussed the ACO …

On Friday, May 9th, a group of healthcare compliance professionals will meet in the Columbus Airport Marriott to discuss a myriad of Health IT issues for the 2014 Healthcare Compliance Association’s Upper North Central Regional Conference. The HCCA group is member-based, includes compliance and risk managers, healthcare CEOs, consultants and attorneys. They cover a wide range of healthcare institutions, from hospitals to home health, group practices to academic institutions. Here’s a little bit of what of what you’ll see at …

Last week Online Tech was in Milwaukee at the Midwest HIMSS Fall Technology Conference exhibiting our HIPAA compliant hosting solutions. There were about thirty different sessions on a variety of different topics related to healthcare IT, and with such a large concentration of healthcare professionals, the conversation was enriching. Here’s a recap from one of the most prolific topics regarding healthcare IT today: mobile. Preventative care and wellness In the session Key Success Factors to Delivering Population Health Management, Marilyn …

The subtitle to this blog post should be How Strep Throat Can Lead You to Change Doctors, but there’s a point here about how social media might fill a wide chasm of disconnect between patients and physicians. Maybe I’m sentimental, but I love the stories my dad tells of being a general practitioner making house calls along the shores of South Haven, Michigan. I realize there’s a lot that’s not practical about this approach today, and advantages for the current …

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