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7 Top IT Healthcare Security Tools & Strategies for 2021

7 Top IT Healthcare Security Tools and Strategies for 2021

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In the health sector, priority is always given to saving lives while the security of personal health records (PHR) is sometimes overlooked. This is because, in comparison to emergencies, the storage of information seems very insignificant. As a result, an increasing number of healthcare providers are facing the consequences.

A new report by Black Book Market Research forecasts that data breaches against the healthcare industry are likely to triple in 2021. The survey also found that 75% of the organizations responding felt they were not prepared to act when a cyberattack hits and almost all (96%) felt that cyber criminals were ahead and outpacing their organizations.

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Proposed 2021 HIPAA Regulation Changes: What Can You Expect?

Proposed 2021 HIPAA Regulation Changes

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HIPAA has become more important now than ever before as more people are relying on telemedicine and other forms of online care. In March 2020, the U.S. Office for Civil Rights (OCR) division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it would not apply penalties for "non-compliance with the HIPAA Rules related to the good faith provision of telehealth during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency." This mandate will continue into 2021 as more people utilize Telehealth services across the nation.

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HIPAA-Compliant Text Messaging and Why You Need It

HIPAA-Compliant Secure Text Messaging

Running a hospital presents a variety of unique challenges. It is like many other businesses as it requires effective leadership and communication to run smoothly, but the extra factor is the importance of timeliness. All businesses require quick employee response, but this could not be truer for a healthcare facility. Patients and their health can be unpredictable. There should be a method of reaching healthcare professionals promptly while still protecting the sensitive information being transmitted.

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4 Important Areas for Your 2021 Cybersecurity Budget

Cybersecurity Planning

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As more employees begin to work from home, and cybercriminals become increasingly more sophisticated in their abilities, unsuspecting tech users have become more vulnerable. With this in mind, there is no better time for employers and IT leaders to develop a cybersecurity response plan and back it with a budget that fits the size and needs of the organization.

When it comes to cybersecurity, an organization can never sit still, as trends and risks are constantly evolving. In most cases, the cost of developing a solid plan and budget for cybersecurity can seem like a small price to pay in comparison to the damage a cyberattack can cause to an organization's reputation and bottom line. What questions should you be asking of your plan and what important areas should you consider for your budget?

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4 Reasons Why It is Important to Have Secure Business Associates

HIPAA Business Associates Data Security

The number of breaches of unsecured protected health information (PHI) on record in the United States is staggering and continually increasing. Significantly, these records only cover breaches affecting 500 or more individuals. One can only wonder how many more breaches have occurred on a smaller scale. The types of breaches range from theft and hacking, to improper disposal and unauthorized access as a result of negligence. According to the HIPAA Journal, between 2009 and 2019 there were 3,054 healthcare data breaches involving more than 500 records. Those breaches have resulted in the loss, theft, exposure, or impermissible disclosure of 230,954,151 healthcare records. That equates to more than 69.78% of the population of the United States.

Such incidents can be avoided if covered entities (companies involved in healthcare) ensure that all of their business associates are secured. There are many reasons why it is important to have secure business associates. Being aware of these reasons may prompt covered entities to take the necessary measures to protect their clientele's information:

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The Importance of Data Encryption in a Work or Personal Environment

Importance of Data Encryption

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Data encryption is available on many of the applications and devices we use daily. In most cases, it is quite easy to toggle "on" as well. It would also seem as if many internet users are beginning to realize the importance of encrypting their data online. A recent article by Chad Skipper of VMware notes "the percentage of encrypted web traffic on the Internet has steadily increased, from around 50% in 2014 to between 80% and 90% today..."

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Canada Introduces Bill to Further Protect Consumer Privacy

Canda Consumer Privacy Bill

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Bill C-11, also known as the Digital Charter Implementation Act, was introduced in the House of Commons in Canada, on December 2, 2020. Its aim is to amend current acts while creating new guidelines to bolster consumer privacy.

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Solved: 4 Critical IT Change Management Issues with WFH

IT Change Management WFH

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COVID-19 forced many organizations to quickly mobilize their teams to work from home (WFH). Ensuring the proper technology and guidelines are in place is an ever-evolving job when employees are located off-site, in different cities, regions, and countries around the world. To add perspective, according to Stanford News, 42% of the U.S. labor force was working from home as of June 2020. Although employees will most likely begin returning to workspaces in the future, a portion will remain working from home permanently. Some organizations may even opt for a hybrid scenario, where employees work days both in and out of the office. Whichever scenario plays out, all will involve IT change management procedures and systems to be used to their full potentials.

Though IT change management can seem like a difficult undertaking in a WFH environment, it can be made easier, while also promoting more effective workspaces. With the right combination of technical tools and human-centered strategies, IT change management can create effective and long-lasting results, even in a WFH environment.

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3 Simple Strategies for Boosting Customer Support During & Post-COVID-19

Boost Customer Support During & After Covid-19

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COVID-19 abruptly changed the way many of us live our day to day lives. With a "new normal" now becoming apparent, businesses have had to change the way they operate. Long line-ups outdoors, capacity limits indoors, and keeping distance from other patrons has changed the way customers are used to shopping at brick and mortar locations.

Perhaps the greatest change is seen in the employee-customer communications. Are there ways your business can still answer questions and resolve issues while customers remain in the comfort of their own homes? The answer is yes, and we have some recommendations to make the transition smoother for businesses.

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The Top 3 Tools for Telecommuting IT Professionals

The Top 3 Tools for Telecommuting IT Professionals

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Working from home has become the norm for many around the world. According to Katherine Guyot and Isabel V. Sawhill at Brookings, up to half of American workers are currently working from home, more than double the fraction who worked from home (at least occasionally) in 2017-18.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a massive telecommuting economy. Every role will have its challenges in adapting to this new normal. However, those in IT faced the greatest initial challenge, and continue to encounter new scenarios regularly. They were in charge of quickly adapting to a new work-from-home arrangement for organization employees. If that wasn't challenging enough, they are now tasked with tackling new issues that arise when multiple people are working in a variety of locations using more than one piece of technology. Are there some tools that can make this situation easier for IT professionals? Absolutely. We will have a look at a few of them in this post

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