Healthcare phishing attack leads to biggest breach of 2018

Phishing attacks are a major threat to the healthcare industry and U.S. businesses more generally. The 2018 Verizon data breach report revealed that phishing attacks are not only prominent, they’re also on the rise, with 43% of data breaches stemming from such incidents. Not only are these types of attacks costly in the literal sense […]

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Introducing DocbookMD One-Way Paging

The healthcare communication landscape is evolving. Now more than ever, healthcare professionals need communication tools that can deliver uncompromised mobility, reliability, and security, within the convenience of a mobile application. Consequently, smartphone usage within medical practices is increasing, and the reliance on pagers is decreasing. But while pager usage may be on the decline, the […]

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10 biggest HIPAA breaches of 2018 so far

As the number of security threats continue to grow, and as criminals become more sophisticated in their methods, keeping protected health information (PHI) safe and secure is becoming increasingly difficult for healthcare organizations. To highlight this, we’ve rounded up the 10 biggest reported HIPAA breaches of 2018 so far. 1. CA Department of Developmental Services […]

5 benefits of interoperability in healthcare

Interoperability in healthcare refers to the ability of different IT systems and applications to communicate, exchange, and interpret shared data with one another. Interoperability allows health information systems to work together across organizational boundaries, leading to more effective healthcare delivery, better patient outcomes, and a host of other health-related benefits. Outlined below are five of […]

Why consumer messaging apps are not suited to healthcare

Healthcare professionals are gradually moving away from pagers and adopting mobile technology as a replacement, which from an operational point of view makes perfect sense. There are a variety of messaging services that exist for everyday personal use, such as Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger and Skype – all of which allow for instant, two-way communication between […]

Small healthcare provider HIPAA FAQs

As a smaller healthcare provider or business owner, getting your head around HIPAA compliance can be tough. In recognition of this, The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has a whole section on its website that is dedicated to answering a number of HIPAA-related questions that are frequently asked by  small organizations. While […]

Overcoming big compliance challenges on a small practice budget

HIPAA compliance presents a constant challenge for all healthcare providers, but can prove particularly difficult for small practices that may not possess the resources or budgets to match their larger counterparts.   A major advantage large organizations have is access to bigger budgets, which allows them to invest in the best staff, regular training, and […]

Minimizing clinical errors through better communication

Minimizing clinical errors through better communication A study by The Doctors Company has revealed that 10% of malpractice claims against plastic surgeons are caused by ineffective communication. The company analyzed approximately 1,400 claims against plastic surgeons over a 9 year period and found that communication between patient or family and provider was the joint third […]

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5 cyber threats to be aware of in 2018

5 cyber threats to be aware of in 2018 You don’t need to be a cybersecurity expert to know that cybercrime is a growing problem, not only in healthcare, but across all industries. To examine the issues further, we’ve pulled out some key findings from Symantec’s 2018 Internet Security Threat Report, and listed five threats […]