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Healthcare Organizations Going Digital for Covid-19 Testing & Tracking

How Secure and Scalable is Your Lab Testing Tracking System

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According to the NY Times, many public and private healthcare organizations are overwhelmed by faxes and paper workflows for Covid-19 testing and tracking and are looking for digital solutions to rapidly scale to meet the exponential growth in demand for their services.

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7 Tips for Protecting Yourself Against Cyber Attacks

7 Tips for Protecting Yourself Against Cyber Attacks

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In September of 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the computer systems of a major U.S. hospital chain, Universal Health Services, representing over 400 locations, came under a ransomware attack. Over the course of a weekend, all computers went down and staff was rendered digitally powerless and forced to function manually via pen and paper, including updating patient information and handwritten prescriptions. This example, among many others, serves as a reminder that no one organization or person is safe from a potential cyber-attack. Oftentimes the best defense is being well-prepared for the inevitable.

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Rising Data Breaches in Healthcare: A Snapshot

Rising Data Breaches in Healthcare A Snapshot

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Statistics compiled by Techjury reveal that in the last decade, there have been over 2,550 data breaches in the U.S. healthcare industry, with millions of records being affected. If this is not enough to heighten the level of concern of several healthcare companies, the next statistic will. By the end of 2020, security breaches are expected to cost the healthcare industry 6 trillion dollars. This is a significant increase from the $3 trillion figure projected in 2017.

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The COVID-19 Pandemic has Created a Boom in Telehealth Usage

The COVID-19 Pandemic has Caused a Boom in Telehealth Usage

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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to move dangerously through countries across the world. Its effects can be felt by businesses, large and small, that have had to shut their doors for an extended period of time in hopes of slowing its spread.

Throughout this time, hospitals have been our most essential resource in terms of battling the pandemic and caring for patients. Walk-in clinics and other healthcare facilities that are not hospitals have had to shut their doors, opting to care for patients through telehealth systems instead. Though we will not know the extent of mass telehealth use and adoption until after economies open, and the virus is behind us, we can draw safe conclusions to the fact that they have been well widely-used by patients thus far.

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Why It's Time for Your Organization to Move Data to the Cloud

Why It's Time for Your Organization to Move Data to the Cloud

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Demand for cloud-based solutions, whether for personal or business use, has grown exponentially in recent years. According to the Hosting Tribunal, the global public cloud computing market is set to exceed $330 billion in 2020 alone.

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How to Prepare for HIPAA Compliance With a Secure Communications Strategy

How to Prepare for HIPAA Compliance With a Secure Communications Strategy

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At the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, many healthcare providers were sent "scrambling" to transition their clinics from in-person to telehealth operations. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) moved quickly to ease regulations for healthcare providers, ridding them of some of the stress associated with meeting certain HIPAA compliance criteria.

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Understand and Take Control of Your Risk Management in Healthcare Security

Understand and Take Control of Your Risk Management in Healthcare Security

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One of HIPAA's most crucial administrative safeguards is the implementation of "policies and procedures to prevent, detect, contain, and correct security violations." This particular safeguard requires a great focus on risk analysis and management, reducing risk, as well as implementing the necessary measures to keep vulnerabilities at a reasonable level.

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3 Important Ways to Protect Data in Your Telehealth Practice

3 Important Ways to Protect Data in Your Telehealth Practice

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Though aimed at being a convenient alternative, telehealth practices must do their best to replicate in-person visits. With that being said, all data being shared between patient and provider is done virtually, meaning that extra precautions should be taken to protect sensitive personal health information (PHI).

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Why It's Time Your Organization Invests in a SaaS-Based Cloud Solution

Why It's Time Your Organization Invests in a SaaS-Based Cloud Solution

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For organizations of all sizes, physical equipment can present several challenges. From space constraints to the additional overhead of repairing and maintaining equipment, the liability this technology presents is no longer worth the additional strain it places on IT leaders and their budgets.

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How to be Compliant with HIPAA's Breach Notification Rule

How to be Compliant With HIPPA's Breach Notification Rule

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As data breaches become more frequent and complex, healthcare organizations are encouraged to become familiar with HIPAA's Breach Notification Rule.

What is the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule?

According to Health IT Security, the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule requires HIPAA covered entities to provide notification to individuals, regulators, and the media following a breach of protected health information (PHI).

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