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A Framework for Embracing Cloud in Health and Healthcare

January 29, 2015 by Bill Crounse

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When considering a move to the cloud, health organizations wrestle with how to evaluate the security and privacy aspects of the cloud and how these relate to their hospital’s or clinic’s existing risk profiles. There are benefits and challenges in whether applications and infrastructure are hosted on premise, off-premise or a combination of the two.[read more]

Accountability for Risk Management and Cybersecurity in Healthcare Institutions

January 28, 2015 by Shahid Shah

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Information Security in general has historically been seen as something that the organization’s CISO (or equivalent) is responsible for. In reality, the Information Security department often doesn’t have the resources or the ability (regardless of resources) to be the owners or be ultimately “accountable” or “responsible” for information security.[read more]

Avoiding Meaningful Use Penalties

January 27, 2015 by Andy Salmen

If you are a Medicare eligible provider, you are undoubtedly aware of the requirements for attesting to meaningful use (MU) of electronic health records (EHR) in your medical practice or hospital. There are consequences for failing to attest to Stage 1, and problems facing those who are now entering Stage 2 of MU.[read more]

Rewards Help Majority of Consumers Overcome Health Data Concerns

January 21, 2015 by Michael Dermer

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For consumers, the new digital health lifestyle comes with one string attached: They may be required to share a lot more personal information so the issue of digital trust has come to the forefront. Personalized health data not only has value to consumers, but also to health plans, health systems, providers, employers, governments and retailers[read more]

What Is Protected Health Information?

January 14, 2015 by Morgan Brown

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In this post we're going to look at what Protected Health Information (PHI) is, what it isn't, and how you can tell the difference. Hopefully you'll be able to use this as a reference when determining if the information you're collecting requires falls under the definition of PHI as outlined by HIPAA.[read more]

How a VNA Unifies Clinical Data Throughout an Enterprise

January 5, 2015 by Erica Carnevale

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What was once a siloed process for storing and accessing images has now been broken down and unified with the help of a vendor-neutral format, meaning that all of the images, photos, and videos are stored and viewable via a centralized location.[read more]

EHRs Play Critical Role in Radiology Decision-Making

January 4, 2015 by Andy Salmen

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As the use of electronic medical records (EMRs), now electronic health records (EHRs), becomes more prevalent, users are beginning to really understand their ultimate value and critical use. One of the most illuminating ways EHR data is helping out the healthcare industry is in their aid with decision making.[read more]

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Medical Device Security and the FDA

December 4, 2014 by Rick Deglado

For now, opting to follow FDA regulations is only voluntary, but that shouldn’t encourage manufacturers or hospitals to take their cybersecurity lightly. With new devices come new threats, and healthcare organizations could face severe penalties if they don’t take the right steps to protect their patients and their information.[read more]

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Prioritizing Security in the Era of Healthcare BYOD

November 24, 2014 by Rick Deglado

Too many institutions leave patient data vulnerable and their organizations open to future lawsuits. As BYOD grows in popularity, administrators need to go the extra mile in prioritizing security. Only then can they feel safe knowing healthcare workers have access to everything they need from their personal devices.[read more]

Make Your Hospital's Digital Experience Mom-Friendly

November 20, 2014 by Michael Sherman

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When it comes to running the household, it's often mom who calls the shots. This is especially true for important healthcare decisions. It should come as no surprise that the smartphone revolution has made Mom even smarter, as she takes increased advantage of paperless media to create electronic records of her family.[read more]

HIPAA: Liability to Private Parties for Violations

November 18, 2014 by David Harlow

Last week, Connecticut joined at least nine other states (DE, KY, ME, MN, MO, NC, TN, UT, WV) in recognizing that, while HIPAA does not create a private right of action for violation of privacy, it does constitute a standard against which the actions of a defendant in such a case will be judged.[read more]

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Finding the Solutions to Big Data Security Concerns

November 13, 2014 by Rick Deglado

Certain technological trends have come to the forefront in healthcare, leading to some big changes we’re already seeing today. In fact, the healthcare of the future may be completely different from what we’re used to seeing. Here are just several of the trends leading the way that everyone--both patients and doctors--should watch out for.[read more]