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Infrastructure & Cloud Services Becoming Important Necessities for Healthcare Organizations

Cloud Security Healthcare & HIPAA

Long gone are the days when healthcare organizations could not trust cloud security to manage their protected health information. In fact, healthcare organizations are increasing their dependence on cloud technology. What had begun as cloud deployment on back office applications has now expanded into an end-to-end solution that includes analytics and patient facing tools, among many others.

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How CareLoop is Improving Healthcare Communication

Careloop Social Media for Doctors & Patients

UCHealth Denver tested the real-time social feed, CareLoop, and its effectiveness with regard to its spread of messages and information. CareLoop is essentially Facebook for patients; it is a medium that facilitates messages from medical professionals, questions from patients, test results, explanations, even providing users with information on possible symptoms and what they should be expecting in terms of certain procedures and medicines. Like most social media sites, CareLoop is a live feed, allowing patients to acquire their information and stay current up to the minute. Physicians and nurses have more opportunities to communicate with their patients without the necessity of a face-to-face visit.

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How A White Hat Hacker Helped to Avoid a Healthcare Security Disaster

White Hat Hacker Helping Healthcare Data Security

On December 29, 2016, Department of Defense subcontractor Potomac Healthcare was notified about the jeopardizing of more than 11 gigabytes of private data for healthcare workers employed by the U.S. military's Special Operations Command. The compromised files were discovered by white hat hacker, Chris Vickery, who uncovered a flaw in an unprotected remote synchronization service. Upon his discovery, Vickery notified Potomac Healthcare about the insecurity of its data, which contained information dating back to 1988, and included names, locations, Social Security numbers, salaries and assignment units for psychologists, nurses and other Special Operations Command workers, some of which had top secret clearances.

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Upcoming 2017 Healthcare IT Events in Canada

Healthcare IT Conferences & Summits in Canada

In an effort to assist our Canadian business, Giva has compiled a listing of upcoming 2017 healthcare IT conferences and summits. We hope this will be helpful to you!

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What Deloitte’s Poll Tells Us About Blockchain Technology Adoption

Blockchain Technology

Consulting agency, Deloitte, is reporting that the healthcare industry will begin to heavily implement Blockchain technology in 2017. Despite the uneven understanding of Blockchain, its possibilities as a distributed database are garnering popularity and adoption from multiple fields. The technology offers advanced security and data storage, as well as interoperability, which makes it an asset in the healthcare field. Health and life sciences are primed to be the two leading industries in Blockchain deployment going forward this year, with financing, manufacturing, media, and telecom services expected to follow suit.

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What It Means To Be HIPAA Compliant

HIPAA Compliance

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was established in the U.S. in 1996 to protect an individual's personal health care information. Healthcare institutions are required to meet all standards and comply with the appropriate security measures in order to safeguard patient data. These standards became enforceable by law on 21 April, 2005.

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4 Benefits of Healthcare Providers Using Big Data

Big Data & Healthcare

The advent of digital technology has provided many benefits to healthcare providers. One particular advancement is the use of big data, or extremely large data sets that can be analyzed to reveal patterns and trends. Utilizing big data can provide healthcare facilities more efficient operations and insight into patients and their health.

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Healthcare Cybersecurity to be Highlighted at HIMSS17 Conference: Orlando, Florida, Feb 19-23, 2017

HIMSS17

Cyber security has become an important issue for healthcare organizations as attacks on the industry, and in particular on private patient information, have grown more prevalent. A timely opportunity to learn more about the current state of healthcare cyber security, as well as many other pertinent issues in healthcare, is coming soon. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is hosting their 2017 Conference and Exhibition from February 19th to the 23rd at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

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What is HITRUST vs. HIPAA?

HITRUST

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which passed in Congress in 1996, outlines protection and security standards for health care data. Although this was passed twenty years ago, it is still very much relevant to companies today. A new acronym you may have heard recently is HITRUST, or the Health Information Trust Alliance. Many are under the impression that HIPAA and HITRUST are at odds with each other and fail to understand how the two are related.

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Connected Medical Device Security to be Explained during February 8th, 2017 Webinar

HIMSS Connected Medical Devices Security Webinar

Security should be a top priority when it comes to protecting the most private information found on an organization's connected medical devices. Though as many of us know, in a world where cyber-attacks are becoming more prevalent, protecting this information is becoming far more challenging.

An opportunity to learn more about potential risks and protection of this particular technology is upcoming, when the "Connected Medical Devices: How Well are They Secured?" webinar begins on February 8th, 2017 at 12:00PM CT. It is a complimentary event hosted by Mayuresh Ektare, VP of product management for Silicon Valley startup ZingBox, and in association with The Learning Center powered by HIMSS.

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