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 […]

Medical Societies

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 […]

Medical Clinics

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 […]

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 […]

Physician Practices

Three ways secure mobile messaging benefits healthcare organizations

Secure mobile messaging can benefit healthcare organizations of all sizes in a number of ways. While not an exhaustive list, the following benefits should provide a convincing introduction. Secure mobile messaging is cost effective Implementing a secure mobile messaging solution in a healthcare organization can help reduce costs over time: plans can easily be scaled […]

Better clinical communications

The dos and don’ts of sharing sensitive data on a mobile device

According to Pew research, approximately 95% of Americans currently own a cellphone, and around 77% of those devices are smartphones.  This widespread adoption of mobile devices has only intensified the expectation of being able to communicate immediately, with a few swipes of a finger. It’s no surprise then, that mobile usage within the realms of […]

HIPAA compliance done right

Eliminating the risk of mobile data breaches in healthcare

As mobile usage becomes more prevalent in healthcare environments, and protected health information (PHI) becomes more portable, data breaches become more likely. To mitigate the associated risks, healthcare organizations should implement the following key steps: 1. Conduct regular risk assessments As a key requirement under the HIPAA Security Rule, healthcare organizations should conduct regular risk […]

Software and SaaS Companies

Could Amazon Alexa really transform healthcare?

Artificial intelligence and voice recognition technology is faster, more responsive, and more accurate than ever before. Systems such as Amazon’s Alexa are taking the world by storm, with devices finding their way into a growing number of homes of and businesses. However, the potential opportunities and benefits that Alexa could bring to the healthcare industry […]