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Three things HIMSS18 taught us about the future of healthcare

This year’s HIMSS event was bigger and better than ever, with 44,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives, and vendors from across the globe in attendance. Here are three key takeaways from this years’ event. Digital transformation improving communication In recent years, big data, interoperability, and artificial intelligence (AI) have all been the dominating themes at […]

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Is texting HIPAA compliant?

Is texting HIPAA compliant? Let’s get this out of the way. Text messaging (SMS) is not HIPAA compliant. Not even a little bit. Text messaging is not HIPAA compliant because it lacks encryption, meaning messages are vulnerable to interception during transit. What’s more, because in the vast majority of cases text messages are stored on a […]

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HIMSS18 Preview

HIMSS18 preview The 2018 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, which is being held on March 5–9 in Las Vegas, will bring together more than 45,000 healthcare and technology professionals from around the world for five days of education, innovation, and collaboration. With more than 300 education sessions, 1,300+ vendors, hundreds of special programs, and endless networking […]

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Will your vendor sign a BAA?

In 2016, a survey undertaken by Bomgar revealed the average company’s network is accessed by 89 different vendors every week, and worryingly, only a third knew the exact number. Regardless of industry, this is a shocking statistic, but within healthcare, such lapse controls can be disastrous. Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), […]

Hospitals and Health Systems

A quarter of healthcare organizations willing to pay ransomware

Ransomware is reaching epidemic proportions. According to a report by Solutionary, the healthcare industry was the victim of 88% of all ransomware attacks in U.S. industries in 2016. A key driver of this could be the fact that nearly one-quarter of U.S. healthcare organizations would pay a ransomware demand following a cyberattack; so long as […]

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Healthcare interoperability: Are we there yet?

In 2015, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) revealed its much anticipated healthcare interoperability roadmap report – delivering a promising framework of free flowing patient data and improved patient care. The roadmap pinpointed three, six, and 10-year milestones with an ultimate goal to build a fully interoperable learning health system by 2024. But despite […]

Health Plans and Payers

Data Privacy Day 2018

We live in a digital society where our personal data is constantly collected, used, and shared across multiple devices and networks. Data Privacy Day is an international effort held annually on January 28th to create awareness about the importance of privacy and protecting personal information. Data Privacy Day is a signature awareness campaign within the […]

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Cybersecurity still a major issue for physicians

Accenture and the American Medical Association (AMA) recently surveyed 1,300 U.S. physicians about their experiences with and attitudes towards cybersecurity. Here are five key takeaways. New technologies are shaking up the physician practice The majority of physician practices plan to embark upon new technologies in the near future, with 28% keen to adopt patient generated […]

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Keeping devices protected during the holiday season

Christmas is nearly here, and many of us are starting to prepare for some time away from work to relax and socialize with friends and family. However, with more organizations adopting BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) as a way of working, it is becoming increasingly difficult for employees to leave their work at the office […]