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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)

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)

Wearable Medical Devices | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API #WearableTech

Wearable Medical Devices to Drive Global Wireless Health Market till 2023 Recent estimations show that an astounding 1.8 million people across the world will be using wireless remote monitoring devices by 2017. Many of these users will be those suffering from chronic diseases. To put that into perspective, consider this: about 75% of all healthcare expenditure worldwide is spent on patients suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, and Alzheimer's, and cardiovascular problems. Grappling with these issues, the healthcare industry has attempted to increase the integration of technology into medical services, and the wireless health market is expected to benefit from this. Transparency Market Research's report, titled ‘Wireless Health Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2015-2023,' says that wearable medical device... (more)

IT Helping Doctors Provide Better Patient Care

If you were going to list the aptitudes for success as a doctor, your would definitely include having a good grasp of math and science. A keen sense of observation would also be important, since doctors need this skill every time they conduct a physical exam or review x-rays or test results. Clinicians also need the ability to gather information and evaluate it carefully in order to maketo make a diagnosis. Doctor jobs are not just about practicing medicine, though. Anyone who is considering this career path is also going to have to make sure that he or she is comfortable with modern technology used to access medical records, conduct research, and communicate with patients. These tools help doctors deliver a higher standard of care and become better at their work. Doctors Using Smartphones and Tablets on the Job The face of clinical medicine has changed, and doctors ... (more)

Have You Upgraded to #WearableTech? | @ThingsExpo #IoT #DigitalTransformation

Have You Upgraded Your Body to Version 2.0? The increasing popularity of the Internet of Things necessitates that our physical and cognitive relationship with wearable technology will change rapidly in the near future. This advent means logging has become a thing of the past. Before, it was on us to track our own data, but now that data is automatically available. What does this mean for mHealth and the "connected" body? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Lisa Calkins, CEO and co-founder of Amadeus Consulting, will discuss the impact of wearables, IoT and predictive analytics on health and the consumer. At the end of this presentation, the audience will have a new perspective on health and the Internet of Things. Speaker Bio Lisa Calkins is the CEO and co-founder of Amadeus Consulting. She brings with her over 20 years of experience in software consulting. Before Amadeu... (more)

Cloud Computing and Health Care

While the whole world is embracing the new religion of IT infrastructure, Cloud Computing, there have been a few apprehensions among industries which deal with hyper-sensitive data. Health Industry, for instance, is continuously looking at innovative ways to reduce healthcare costs and improve customer service but at the same time wants to exhibit compliance with the guidelines set by its administrative bodies, HIPAA and HITECH. With IT always remaining an easy target when it comes to reducing operating costs, this article advocates the adoption of cloud computing in healthcare while maintaining the same level of protection mandated by the administrative bodies. Introduction According to 21st Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey, operating budgets are expected to increase in 2011, driven by the overall growth in number of systems and technologies and additional staffing... (more)

Healthcare Provider Pays a Steep Price for Patient Data Privacy Breach

By Gerry Grealish PerspecSys Vice President of Marketing & Products Earlier this week, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts Ear and Eye, Inc. (MEEI) agreed to pay a hefty $1.5 million settlement to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for alleged HIPAA violations. According to MEEI, a personal laptop that contained unencrypted electronic protected health information (ePHI) was stolen, exposing a large amount of personal, clinical, and patient prescription data. The government's investigation found that MEEI failed to take steps necessary to comply with several HIPAA Security Rule requirements regarding data protection, and that the failures occurred over an extended period of time. And while this healthcare data breach involved a laptop, data security risks like this extend to larger "secure" IT environments as well. Just take a look a... (more)

Healthcare Data on the Cloud – The Reality of Sensitive Information Online

The convenience, efficiency and cost benefits cloud computing offers organizations has made moving healthcare data and records to the cloud make sense for hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers. Security and data breaches are a concern for any industry utilizing the cloud, but healthcare unfortunately seems to be particularly vulnerable to attacks. The Washington Post recently reported that The Department of Homeland Security is fearful that the health industry is "inviting" an attack with its out-of-date policies and lack of oversight. A recent WIRED article discussed the current state of healthcare information in the cloud, including specifics on the vulnerabilities facing healthcare providers using cloud applications and why consumers should be concerned about their healthcare data being on the cloud. The Value of Healthcare Data According to the a... (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)

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)