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According to a recent Gartner report, nearly half of large enterprises will deploy hybrid cloud environments by the end of this year. That level of growth is super exciting for the cloud, as more organizations take advantage of a digital-based strategy. However, despite the maturity of the cloud, many CIOs still express concerns. There are two major challenges organizations face in a hybrid cloud environment (or any environment, really.) One is security, which we’ve covered. The other? Compliance. We talked about …

One of the biggest concerns around hybrid cloud for organizations is data security. According to Gartner, 38 percent of companies who don’t plan to use public cloud cited security and privacy as the main reasons. It’s very logical (and necessary) to ask how the cloud will protect your most valuable asset – your data. What are the biggest security challenges in hybrid cloud adoption? According to experts, the biggest security concerns in a hybrid environment are compliance, lack of encryption, poor …

Ransomware has exploded in popularity during the past two years, with the number of identified families growing 400 percent since 2015. It affects individuals, nonprofits and enterprises alike, but it’s is particularly fond of the healthcare industry because of the value of patient data and the criticality of hospitals. To help the healthcare IT industry (and others) learn more about ransomware, I’ve compiled a list of the most informational articles on the web to date. Health and Human Services Department …

There are many aspects of complying with HIPAA regulations, and all are equally important to avoid facing the stiff penalties that come as a result of any violations. In addition to technical and physical safeguards for your PHI, the administrative safeguards of the HIPAA Security Rule require a contingency plan. This is comprised of a data backup plan, disaster recovery plan, emergency mode operation plan, testing and revision procedures as well as application and data criticality analysis. We’ll discuss how …

Are you wondering what all the HIPAA fuss is about? Here are a few basics go get you started, along with some reference to in-depth videos along the way. What is HIPAA? HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 that specifies laws for the protection and use of Personal (or Protected) Health Information (PHI) which is essentially your medical record. HIPAA was intended to ease the sharing of Personal Health Information (PHI) between entities that have …

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 …

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 …

It’s getting to be that time again. The time for tens of thousands of healthcare professionals to gather for a five day conference focused on all the hot-button issues in healthcare IT and policy. The time for 1,300 exhibitors to convene in a hall a mile long (literally), to show off their innovative solutions and technologies. The time for HIMSS 2014. This year the national HIMSS conference is going to be February 23-27 at the Orange County Convention Center in …

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 …

The 2012 Medical Informatics Summit hosted by the Indiana HIMSS chapter and the Indiana Hospital Association held May 23rd in Carmel, Indiana was a huge success. Attendees gained a wealth of knowledge between the stellar lineup of presenters and nearly 20 vendors all connected to the health informatics sphere. With a wide range of presenters, the day set itself to teach and inform on the uses of technology in healthcare, from the importance of healthcare security and protecting PHI to …

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