Healthcare News & Insights

How hospitals should handle confidential health conversations in public areas

Despite all the press given to data breaches involving technology, there are many other ways patients’ privacy can be compromised in hospitals, including overheard conversations. And they’re treated just as seriously as any tech-related violation – just ask one Pennsylvania hospital. 

Virtual assistants: 4 questions to answer before using them at your hospital

“Alexa, send Mr. Smith’s medication to the pharmacy.” This request may become more common now that Amazon’s working to create virtual assistants for mobile devices that are HIPAA compliant. Apple and other companies are following suit. 

How merchant services software can improve the efficiency of healthcare payment systems

Considering national healthcare spending is projected to increase by 5.5% per year from 2017 to 2026, security and efficiency are more important than ever for today’s hospitals. Existing healthcare payment processing solutions are often outdated, cumbersome and need to be revamped to reduce costs and provide better patient experiences. Some of the main areas that […] [MORE]

Mitigating eDiscovery challenges in the healthcare industry

At this point in technological advancement, almost every industry is producing myriad terabytes of electronically stored information (ESI) daily. And that means when litigation arises, there’s an ever-growing number of documents that need to be collected and analyzed for admissibility and relevance in the case. That process of electronic discovery, or eDiscovery, can come with […] [MORE]

How your business can ensure HIPAA-compliant backups

  HIPAA compliance doesn’t stop at the data you’re actively using. It applies to everything in your organization – up to and including your backups. In this guest post, Tim Mullahy, executive VP and managing director of an enterprise class, tier 3 data center, explains how to ensure you aren’t caught off-guard by that fact […] [MORE]

HIPAA: It’s not as black and white as you first thought

It was a feat in and of itself to become HIPAA compliant. Staying compliant is a whole other ball of wax. In this guest post, Gene Fry, VP of technology and compliance officer at a developer and provider of HIPAA compliant document workflow and collaboration tools, identifies areas of HIPAA hospitals have to pay special attention to.

OCR warns hospitals of new fraudulent email scheme

Hospitals may be gearing themselves up for potential HIPAA audits in the coming months. If you receive a message about being selected for an audit, be careful: The feds are warning of a scheme where scammers are trying to trick recipients into thinking they’re receiving official email communications from the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). 

Text messaging & HIPAA: Is your hospital secure?

Following HIPAA laws to the letter is of utmost importance to hospitals. Patients’ protected health information (PHI) must be kept secure from data breaches. But are healthcare professionals as committed to privacy efforts as they should be? Results from a new survey give insight into the current state of HIPAA enforcement in health care, particularly regarding text […] [MORE]

2 big HIPAA settlements show why hospitals must protect computers, PHI

Your hospital needs to make sure it’s taking HIPAA compliance seriously, especially regarding its computers and networks. Any breaches or security problems involving patients’ protected health information (PHI) can have significant consequences for facilities – including hefty fines from the Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR). 

Is your EHR contingency plan complete? Feds weigh in

For many hospitals, it’s essential to have an effective electronic health records (EHR) system. And it’s equally as important to have a plan in place if something happens to disrupt an EHR’s operations, whether it’s a natural disaster or a cyberattack. 

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