Tag: HIPAA hosting

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 …

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 …

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, …

Another case of stolen, unencrypted laptops has compromised the health data of 729k patients – affecting Medicare patients across six different California hospitals within the AHMC Healthcare Inc. system. Two laptops were stolen from an office with physical security in place. According to AHMC, the office was gated and patrolled by security officers, as well as video-monitored. The protected health information (PHI) included names, ID numbers, diagnosis/procedure codes and insurance/patient payments. This incident highlights the importance of not only physical …

Our online guides to information security (infosec) and compliance are scattered across our website and blog, but here’s a roundup of our best and most relevant resources that relate to this year’s Detroit SecureWorld security and compliance sessions, tomorrow and Thursday. Online Tech’s Senior Product Architect Steve Aiello will be speaking on a panel discussion tomorrow, October 16, about network security: Industry Expert Panel: Network Security Room: Suite 3 Time: 1:15pm – 2:15pm Description: Network Security is defined as, “the …

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 …

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 …

With the final HIPAA omnibus rule officially in place last week, cloud and data center providers supporting the healthcare industry are starting to sign BAAs (business associate agreements) and get familiar with the security requirements of HIPAA. But this means a lot of vendors are brand new to the market and just cutting their teeth in the industry under the updated compliance requirements. If you’re entrusting protected health information (PHI) to a cloud vendor, choosing an experienced provider gives you …

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