Healthcare News & Insights

Medical device security: How hospitals must tackle threats

Medical device security is a hot topic for hospitals. Most ransomware attacks target vulnerable computer equipment running older operating systems and software programs. Hacking devices may appeal to cybercriminals because they’re difficult to update. A new report shows that hospitals need to do more to protect their devices. 

How Millennials will change healthcare IT

Millennials want the same seamless digital experience in health care that they have in other aspects of their lives. At the same time, having grown up in an online world, they’re keenly aware of privacy risks. They ardently want healthcare providers to increase protection of their personal health information (PHI) and what they see as […] [MORE]

Endpoint Rx: Healthcare delivery requires secure mobile technology

Innovative healthcare delivery powered by mobile technology is just what the doctor ordered. In 1930, 40% of physician visits happened in the patient’s home, but by 1980, only 1% of appointments were house calls. Many factors are now driving an upswing in mobile, remote and home health care: an aging population, technology advances, ACA-related insurance […] [MORE]

Patient data’s biggest threat: Man vs. machine

In 2015, the healthcare industry experienced 265 recorded cybersecurity data breaches, and those are just the ones that affected more than 500 patients, according to the Office of Civil Rights. While attacks on large-scale providers made headlines, organizations of all sizes are constantly at risk of a breach. In this guest post, Mark Johnson, founder […] [MORE]

Why cloud compliance & security should be top priority for hospitals

Many healthcare organizations want to take advantage of cloud-based clinical and support applications. But fear is holding them back. In this guest post, Gerry Grealish, cloud data security product & marketing at a provider of advanced web security solution for global enterprises and government organizations, explains how hospitals can take advantage of cloud solutions while […] [MORE]

3 Reasons to Avoid Piecemeal Network-Building in Healthcare IT

Unlike other industries, the majority of U.S. hospital systems are not-for-profit, and many operate within margins hovering between 2% and 3%. With such tight budgets, healthcare systems have historically reinvested any surplus funds into patient care, often leading to a lag in IT investment. In this guest post, Karin Ratchinsky, director of healthcare vertical strategy […] [MORE]

Network checklist: How to make your infrastructure more resilient

Healthcare innovation can be a double-edged sword: The evolution is occurring rapidly, and networks must be flexible enough to respond to new and ever-changing demands. In this guest post, Karin Ratchinsky, director of healthcare vertical strategy at a global communications provider, explains that to keep up, IT systems must be both nimble and resilient, with […] [MORE]

Object storage: Curing the healthcare industry’s data headaches

Medical science has made incredible progress with disease management and life expectancies. But there’s one frontier that still needs to be crossed for the healthcare industry to provide the best possible care: the data problem. In this guest post, Jonathan Ring, co-founder and CEO of a software development firm, explains how object storage may be […] [MORE]

6 pitfalls of texting for hospitals: How to avoid them

Text messaging is becoming more popular in many hospitals. Instead of paging, clinical staff may use third-party messaging apps on smartphones and tablets to contact other doctors and nurses. Unfortunately, this growing practice doesn’t come without risks. 

Avoid 4 common errors with your hospital’s EHR

Hospitals need to have electronic health records (EHR) systems that meet the needs of staff and patients. Using a system that doesn’t work for both groups can hurt your ability to provide high-quality care in an efficient manner, which could cause many problems down the line.