Healthcare IoT: Security risks involved

Healthcare IoT: Security risks involved

From mobile apps that assist with taking medicine on time to smart appliances that monitor vitals, the Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming ubiquitous in healthcare. However, IoT’s expansion brings new risks, vulnerabilities, and security challenges for healthcare practitioners and their patients. Devices that contain a treasure trove of patient data are attractive targets for […]

4 Items in Your HIPAA Compliance Checklist

4 Items in Your HIPAA Compliance Checklist

Getting your practice up to code when it comes to HIPAA regulations can seem challenging upon first glance, but knowing where your IT efforts must be focused is the first step. In this article, we’ll zero in on four of the most critical items you must look into in order to become HIPAA-compliant. Telehealth and […]

AI and its effects on healthcare

AI and its effects on healthcare

Technology changes and evolves at the blink of an eye. A new invention this year can be obsolete the next. However, some technological advancements survive the test of time, as is sure to be the case with machine learning. It’s the first step toward artificial intelligence (AI), and it’s already making huge strides in the […]

Mitigating healthcare insider threats

Mitigating healthcare insider threats

First off, what is an insider threat in healthcare? An insider threat is an individual inside an organization discovered to have been accessing healthcare records without authorization. Healthcare companies must take steps to reduce the potential for insider threats, which is their top source of security incidents. #1 Educate – The workforce (meaning all healthcare […]

Social Media and HIPAA Compliance

Social Media and HIPAA Compliance

Social Media can be an effective tool for sharing experiences, building professional connections, and broadcasting conventional healthcare announcements to the public. However, careless posts that have client or patient-specific information could ruin the reputation of any healthcare organization. On April 14, 2003, the “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act” (HIPAA) became law with the goal […]

Cybersecurity protocols to protect PHI

Cybersecurity protocols to protect PHI

Healthcare organizations have always kept the possibility of data breaches in mind, especially since 2017 witnessed the biggest and most expensive data breach to date. To counter this, more businesses have hired certified technicians, but that’s not enough. They also need to implement the most advanced systems and protocols to reinforce their work, namely: Routine […]

3 ways to avoid Spectre and Meltdown

3 ways to avoid Spectre and Meltdown

Data security is critical to the healthcare industry. Hospitals and clinics need to ensure medical records are protected at all times to stay HIPAA-compliant. But with Spectre and Meltdown affecting every server, all healthcare providers are at risk of data breach. Why is Spectre and Meltdown a big problem for healthcare providers? Spectre and Meltdown […]

Benefits of virtualization for healthcare

Benefits of virtualization for healthcare

As more medical practices adopt electronic health records (EHR), running out of digital storage is becoming an increasingly common issue. HIPAA-regulated practices don’t always have the option of cloud solutions, but virtualization is a secure and cost-effective alternative. What is virtualization? There are countless ways for healthcare practices to improve their operations with virtualization, but […]

The EHR vs traditional record debate

The EHR vs traditional record debate

The fact that the world is going digital is unprecedented. With that in mind, the healthcare industry has also decided to embrace the digital trend in the form of EHRs. Short for electronic health records, this new type of data management system aims to improve on traditional paper-based ways. But will it? What is an […]

Healthcare Security Breaches Skyrocket

Healthcare Security Breaches Skyrocket

In November 2017, healthcare data security and privacy company Protenus released a report on the most common security breaches in healthcare. Here are a few key takeaways. Insiders are a bigger threat than hackers Protenus is one of the largest security vendors for electronic health records (EHRs) and their mid-year review sheds some important light […]