Windows 7 End of Support On Its Way

Given the multitude of severe security vulnerabilities already disclosed in 2018, it’s important to note that Sunday, January 14th, 2018 marked an important date in Windows operating system history.

New Year, New Security Threat: Meltdown and Spectre Affect Nearly All Devices

2018 is here, and the New Year has quickly brought us our first major security issue.

USB Drives Can Cost You a HIPAA Fine, Too

It seems federal authorities have no plans to cut back or slow down on enforcing compliance of HIPAA rules in 2017. With the second payment of the year in the books at $2.2 million, it's imperative providers put their security measures under the microscope before it's too late.

Our CCIOs' top technology picks for 2017

We asked our C-suite to give us their top technology picks for 2017 for LTPAC providers. Our Consulting CIOs (CCIOs) work directly with clients and prospects every day, and the most common gaps in technology they see fall into security and mobility. Their following picks all provide cost savings while reducing the chance of receiving a hefty HIPAA fine.

Windows XP and HIPAA Compliance: 4 Ways to Cut Your Risk

Microsoft ended support to the Windows XP operating system in April 2014. While this may not necessarily put an organization at risk for HIPAA noncompliance, it does introduce several security risk factors that must be mitigated properly in order to maintain HITECH regulatory standards.

9 Critical Steps to Securing Your Texts

In 2011, The Joint Commission banned the use of short messaging service (SMS) text messages between physicians, licensed independent practitioners, and other healthcare providers. As announced by The Joint Commission in May 2016, it “has revised its position on the transmission of orders for care, treatment, and services via text messaging for all accreditation programs.”

How Your IT Provider Can Save You Legal Headaches

Long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) is one of the most regulated industries in the country. LTPAC litigation is on the rise and multimillion dollar verdicts are not uncommon. New state and federal statutory claims, burdensome eDiscovery demands, and arguments against arbitration agreements have made resolving disputes difficult without invasive legal proceedings.

Technology Plays an Important Part in Compliance

These days, most health care providers have adopted compliance and ethics programs that include some or all of the following:

Virtual Server Provisioning...give it a chance!

EMR, EHR, payments, outcomes, payroll, email and more…that’s a lot for your server(s) to handle, which means it’s potentially another source of IT worry for you. Each time you have to reboot, update, implement or change your server applications and systems, or simply want to temporarily increase server capacity during peak periods, you run the risk of costly and time consuming fixes, errors, crashes, virus infiltration and so on. That’s why many businesses “provision” their servers - preparing them with appropriate systems, data and software to make it ready for network operation – based on their resource requirements. 

Taking it one step further, businesses who provision their servers virtually see even more resource and cost benefits:

Are you at risk for HIPAA violations?

Last week it was announced by the Department of Health and Human Services that it will receive a $50,000 settlement from an Idaho organization. The agreement came after allegations the group lost a laptop with health information for 441 patients.  Read the article here.