Tag: HIPAA compliant hosting

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

Next week Online Tech is going to be doing a lot of traveling throughout the mighty Midwest. On November 13-14th we’ll be heading to the JW Marriot in Indianapolis for the Indiana Healthcare Symposium. It is sponsored by the Indiana chapter Healthcare Financial Management Association, Indiana chapter HIMSS, the Indiana Healthcare Executives Network, and Indiana Health Information Management Association (IHIMA). This event is going to cover a lot of ground in the healthcare community. There will be talks like “Sustaining a Financially …

A guest blog from HITECHAnswers.net lists security tips from HHS.gov to help ensure that patient data is secure in a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environment that includes the use of personal devices such as iPhones and iPads in the workplace. One of HealthIT.gov’s tips includes encrypting data stored locally on your mobile device as well as data sent by your device (data at rest and in transit). While device encryption can provide one layer of defense, if you go …

In less than two weeks Online Tech is headed to Milwaukee for the Midwest HIMSS Fall Technology Conference. We’re going to “Rock IT Around the Clock”, with a reception at the Harley Davidson Museum, and then two days of health IT immersion at the Wisconsin Center. Here’s a taste of what we’ll see while we’re there: William D. Petasnick, FACHE, recently retired from his position as CEO of Froedtert Health Inc. Petasnick has more than 30 years of executive experience, …

A few weeks ago, we attended the HIMSS Privacy & Security Forum in Boston and liveblogged the panel discussion, Managing Security Risks of Health Data in the Cloud. The speakers provided a list of questions to ask in order to manage cloud security risks, as HealthITSecurity.com outlined below. As a HIPAA compliant cloud host, the bolded text is our response to their questions: Have you looked at the cloud provider’s application and/or network architecture? This applies more to the SaaS …

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