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Michigan HIMSS 2014 Fall Conference

Posted on September 12, 2014 by

Online Tech rarely misses an opportunity to attend a HIMSS event, which are always packed with healthcare information management hot button topics and innovative ideas. So we’re particularly eager for next week’s Michigan HIMSS Chapter 2014 Fall Conference in Plymouth Township, just minutes from our Ann Arbor headquarters and three of our four Michigan data centers. The theme for the Sept. 16-17 event is “Health Information Technology: The Vision and the Value” and it will be held at The Inn …

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 …

After the recent rash of high-profile data breaches, the Internet is ripe with tips for handling a breach at your organization. The standard experts’ message: Notify consumers immediately and don’t downplay the impact. The Dallas Morning News has a keen interest in data breaches because some of the largest recent reports come from retailers headquartered in its home state of Texas: Nieman-Marcus (Dallas), Sally Beauty Holdings (Denton) and Michaels Stores (Irving). In a Sunday story, reporter Pamela Yip discussed proper …

Mom always said to choose your friends wisely. Maybe she was trying to protect you from a data breach. AT&T learned that lesson the hard way. From a statement released by the company : “We recently learned that three employees of one of our vendors accessed some AT&T customer accounts without proper authorization. This is completely counter to the way we require our vendors to conduct business. We know our customers count on us and those who support our business …

After the recent eBay data breach in which more than 145 million user records were reportedly compromised by hackers, the internet is once again full of stories about consumers demanding better protection, analysts blaming organizations for not following basic cybersecurity protocol, and tales of hackers that are simply out-sophisticating sophisticated security (eBay used two-factor authentication and encryption, which did protect users’ financial information). There are the standard tips for consumers: change your passwords, don’t use the same password on multiple …

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 …

Cyber criminals are being drawn to the healthcare industry like moths to a flame and providers are more vulnerable as the sharing of electronic health records proliferates. To help diminish both those trends, the Institute for Health Technology Transformation (iHT2) recently compiled its “10 Steps to Maintaining Data Privacy in a Changing Mobile World.” With a goal of explaining “how healthcare organizations can best protect themselves from the rapidly growing threat of security breaches and medical identity theft,” the paper …

Accountable Care requires clear visibility into longitudinal patient data across multiple providers, but interoperability introduces legal and security risks that must be carefully navigated if organizations hope to become trusted, data sharing entities. In this complex environment, collaborative knowledge sharing is just what the doctor is ordering to improve outcomes while reducing costs. When attorneys Tatiana Melnik and Carrie Nixon met for coffee at HIMSS in Orlando, each realized the combination of their respective fortes would be beneficial to the …

Well hello, Indy! Earlier today, Online Tech announced it has acquired a data center in downtown Indianapolis and will outfit it with the company’s full product line of secure, compliant cloud and colocation services. The Indianapolis Data Center, located roughly an Andrew Luck hail mary pass from Lucas Field, is the company’s fifth data center and its first outside of Michigan. At Online Tech, co-CEOs Yan Ness and Mike Klein stress the importance of “win-win” situations between the company and …

Co-CEO Yan Ness has a saying that Online Tech is “in the business of helping our clients sleep at night.” Primarily, he’s speaking of organizations not losing sleep worrying about compliance and data security. But at the C-suite level, more and more, protecting data privacy also means protecting careers. On Monday, Target president and CEO Gregg Steinhafel resigned after 35 years with the company. According to a statement from the company’s board of directors, Steinhafel “held himself personally accountable” for …

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