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This BriefingsDirect IT leadership interview focuses on how Associated Surgeons and Physicians, LLC in Indiana went from zero to 100 percent virtualized infrastructure, and how many compliance and efficiency goals have been met and exceeded as a result. In part one of a two-part sponsored interview series, we discuss how a mid-market health services provider rapidly adopted server and client virtualization, and how that quickly lead to the ability to move to mobile, bring your own device (BYOD), and ultimately advanced disaster recovery (DR) benefits. Associated Surgeons and Physicians found the right prescription for allowing users to designate and benefit from their own device choices, while also gaining an ability to better manage sensitive data and to create a data-protection lifecycle approach. Here to share his story on how they did it, we welcome, Ray Todich... (more)

Five Hot Healthcare Innovations in 2013 and a Few to Look Out for in 2014

The ability to provide fast and accurate healthcare has always depended on having the latest technology and educating the relevant staff on how to best employ these new devices and applications. Throughout 2013, a number of innovations appeared in the industry, changing the way healthcare we administer and receive care. New technologies have the potential to disrupt the traditional, slow, and ineffective processes that are often ingrained in the healthcare system. They have the potential to offer more security to meet stringent compliance requirements, streamline distribution, and get more consistency throughout a range of services. This year has seen some new technologies and trends that are having a real impact on the industry. 1. Access Management Solutions Security is a major concern for any healthcare provider, which is why desktop virtualization and identity ... (more)

Why Healthcare IT Teams Love Intelligent Deception | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Cybersecurity

The healthcare industry is not immune from today's relentless wave of cyberattacks. Cyber theft of protected health information (PHI) is on the rise, and health organizations understand that 100 percent prevention of attacks is not realistic. According to Ponemon Institute's Sixth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy & Security of Healthcare Data report, nearly 90 percent of all healthcare organizations have suffered at least one data breach in the last two years. According to another report, 88 percent of ransomware attacks in Q2 2016 were on healthcare entities. Traditional prevention and detection techniques are falling short, and healthcare IT professionals are scrambling for new approaches that can more effectively detect attacks and mitigate the growing risks and damage. Emerging on the scene, deception-based solutions offer a proven way to stop attackers in the... (more)

What is So Great About Private Health Insurance?

Most significant challenges deserve objective analysis based on economic principals. Supply and demand being at the core. Things costing to much ? The explaination is usually a lack of competition or artifical restrictions among alternative options for buyers. Not enough supply ? Barriers to entry , government restrictions or diminishing prospects for profit can be at the root. Interestingly, when it comes to health care what people pay for and what they get is at the core of the problem and private insurance intermediaries are profiting from market inefficiencies. In the end the private for profit insurance industry delivers no real or sustained value and this is central to the health care crisis because they slice the pie with the main objective being their profits, not a uniform allocation of risk and costs among populations to make the cost for all lower. This r... (more)

US Patent and Trademark Office Grants athenahealth, Inc., Patent

Healthcare Innovation Journal athenahealth announced that on November 10, 2009, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued athenahealth a patent entitled, ‘Practice Management and Billing Automation System’ (U.S. Patent No. 7,617,116) for its athenaNet rules engine that is part of the Company’s revenue cycle management service, athenaCollector. The patented athenahealth technology is, briefly described, a method for managing a medical practice’s insurance claims by storing and modifying claim rules based on ongoing interactions with claim messages received from payers on submitted claims, enabling the system to automatically produce cleaner and more accurate claims. A complete description of the patented technology is available through the website of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. “Early on we designed athenaNet to act as a national utility that was ab... (more)

Testing Basics Might Have Averted Obamacare Health Site Fiasco

It made headlines for all the wrong reasons when it launched on October 1, but things could have been so different for the HealthCare.gov website if only it had been tested properly before release. Users trying to enroll encountered all sorts of glitches, including very slow page updates, "page not found" errors and frequent crashes. Early server outages were blamed on an unexpectedly high volume of traffic as nearly 5 million Americans tried to access the website on day one, but it soon emerged that serious flaws existed in the software, and the security was not properly assessed or signed off. According to CBS, the security testing was never completed. Fox uncovered a testing bulletin from the day before the launch that revealed the site could only handle 1,100 users "before response time gets too high." The Washington Examiner revealed, via an anonymous source, t... (more)

Cloud-Based Healthcare By @HarbingerSys | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

New Possibilities with Cloud-Based Healthcare Records Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Over the last few years the healthcare ecosystem has revolved around innovations in Electronic Health Record (HER) based systems. This evolution has helped us achieve much desired interoperability. Now the focus is shifting to other equally important aspects - scalability and performance. While applying cloud computing environments to the EHR systems, a special consideration needs to be given to the cloud enablement of Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA), i.e., the largest single medical system in the United States. VistA is a collection of over 168 application packages/modules and is based on the client-server communication model operating on RPC broker. Moving VistA to a cloud platform is still in its infancy. In their session at 15th Cloud Exp... (more)

Cloud Healthcare with HIPAA Compliance By @Ariel_Dan | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Case Study | Orbograph: Cloud Healthcare with HIPAA Compliance and Safe Harbor Orbograph is an innovative healthcare ISV that provides Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management (HRCM) solutions, online medical scheduling, PHR, and other services to hospitals and clinics. The Leader: Ran Rothschild, Director of Operations The Project: The company's next generation of products launched as a cloud service. The Challenge Orbograph was seeking to benefit from the advantages of cloud computing (elasticity, flexibility, cost-effectiveness) without compromising full compliance with HIPAA, Safe Harbor, and the utmost protection for its sensitive customer and corporate data. The Goal The company needed to secure electronic Protected Health Information (e-PHI) that the company creates, receives, maintains or transmits electronically in a way that is compliant and requires no hardwar... (more)

Commvault Clinical Archive Launched | @CloudExpo @Commvault #Cloud

SYS-CON Events announced today that Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Commvault has launched Commvault Clinical Archive to modernize the way healthcare organizations manage, migrate and share clinical data. As hospitals and healthcare providers look to control costs and improve patient care, centralizing information management using Commvault Clinical Archive breaks down data silos, reduces storage costs and complexity, enables better data sharing, and eliminates the costs of maintaining and supporting legacy application... (more)

Enabling Trust for Healthcare IT Security | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #Security

Enabling patient-doctor trust goes a long way in a provider's ability to provide care. Trust is also critical for enabling network connections that are safe, to help secure health networks. The healthcare industry is scrambling to shore up defenses as cyberattacks and breaches increase. The rapid adoption of electronic health records/electronic medical records (EHR/EMR) has created an attractive opportunity for cyber criminals. Ponemon Research recently reported that breach costs are $363 for each stolen healthcare record, and that is the highest across all vertical markets. Health organizations are tasked with the difficult job of protecting both the core HIS network and departmental systems. This is particularly true in multidisciplinary practices which are comprised of clinics and multi-location healthcare facilities. Typically, cyber security in healthcare built... (more)

Can Health Social Media Learn from Online Dating?

One of the frustrations cropping up on health social media sites is centered around the mechanism that caused their popularity at the outset, the message board. Perhaps health social networking sites can learn from online dating sites, Match and eHarmony, about linking mechanisms. They can also take a lesson from these websites regarding charging users. more>> ... (more)