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Why Hackers Accessing Your Network is the Top Risk for 2019

ECRI Institute recently announced their annual “Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2019.” If you keep abreast of Health Information Technology (HIT) news, you already know the number one risk: hackers can exploit remote access to systems, disrupting healthcare operations.

"The consequences of an attack can be widespread and severe, making this a priority concern for all healthcare organizations," said ECRI Health Devices Program Executive Director David Jamison. "In critical situations, this could cause harm or death."

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Make Sure Remote Access to Your Network is as Safe as a Deadbolt

The topic of security is on the minds of most healthcare IT professionals today. Securing remote access to your hospital's network is the deadbolt that helps protect your data. Most people don't leave their backdoor wide open, or expect that little doorknob lock to be secure, so why do most hospitals do the equivalent with their networks?

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Keeping up with MEDITECH Expanse

 

Times, they are a changing! And, that's a good thing! Have you evaluated or made plans to move to MEDITECH's new Expanse platform? I wanted to share with you how we are keeping up with the changes and helping hospitals keep up too.

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It's Hard to Compete with Hope

As an IT security vendor, it's hard to compete with hope. After all, hope is free.

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Determine if Your Security Plan is Working to Protect Your Networks

Network security is like financial planning. There’s so much information out there that it can be overwhelming. People I know have made bad decisions and some have been fooled or tricked, resulting in big losses. If they are complacent and do nothing, things may or may not work out. Is that a risk worth taking? The only correct path is to find a good partner, educate yourself, protect your assets, and pave the way for a secure future.
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Three Challenges with Managing Physician Offices' Remote Access to Your Network

 

I was chatting with a group of hospital CIOs recently and we were discussing network security and what makes their networks vulnerable. I was surprised by the difficulty each was having with remote access by physician office staff. It was unanimously one of the greatest concerns. While we know they have some longstanding, awesome partnerships with physician offices, there are three main vulnerabilities that have surfaced with remote network access:

1) Unknown terminations
2) Inappropriate access discipline
3) Access after termination

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The Top Three Keys to Preventing a Cyber-Attack

It is said that a heart attack is 80% preventable by eating well, exercising regularly, and keeping stress to a minimum*. While there is no official statistic yet, I would say that a cyber-attack is 95% preventable by vetting partners well, exercising caution, and keeping access points to a minimum. 

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Why Physicians Still Don't Have Access to Patient Data from Systems Outside Their EHR

 

It's 2018, a time when there is an endless amount of information available, multiple technologies to choose from, a 24/7 news cycle, and access to any type of information, in seconds, at your fingertips. (Or, actually, without even having to use your fingertips at all — you simply have to say out loud what you want to know!)

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2017 Interoperability Round Up, and a Look Toward 2018 Priorities

It's always fun to take a quick look back at the prior year and see what was accomplished, but my favorite thing is looking ahead to the future, and prioritizing what we can do to help organizations meet their 2018 goals.

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EHR Satisfaction Survey 2017 - Do You Agree With the Results?

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"After years of frustrations, user wish-list turns positive." The headline from this year's EHR Satisfaction Survey suggests improvements in attitude and satisfaction toward hospital EHRs, yet the underlying challenges for CIOs and clinicians still haven't changed very much.

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