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The Risks and Rewards of Telehealth in Today’s Climate

U.S. public health officials, hospitals, and insurance companies are urging people to try telemedicine to prevent having to leave their homes and to therefore curb the spread of COVID-19, and people are listening. Once skeptical, patients are jumping on board so they can be evaluated in a safer setting – their home. Healthcare organizations are also reassessing staffing and shifting a large portion of hospitals to teleworking.

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3 Tips to Help Keep Business on Track in Light of the Coronavirus

The rising concern of COVID-19 has shaken everyone, and we’ve already seen the impact it has had on our grocery supplies, tradeshows and events, daily outings, and really, how businesses are conducting daily business. We recognize that this situation has impacted many people in numerous ways, and that’s why we’d like to offer a few tips to help you work in this environment and keep business moving.

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3 Tips for a Successful HIMSS20

We’re weeks away from the 2020 HIMSS Global Health Conference and Exhibition on March 9-13. But before you hop into a plane or car and head to Orlando, we suggest you review these tips to ensure a successful HIMSS20.

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Taking Inventory of Your Privacy & Security Programs

One of the foundations of an effective Privacy and Security program is always accountability. Accountability of assets. Accountability of personnel. Accountability of permissions, agreements, and regulations. We must know the scope. Therefore, it is important to routinely take inventory of any relevant elements in your program.

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Cybersecurity Awareness: The Layers of Patient Privacy

As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we've shared tips so far for "Owning It" with remote access security, "Securing It" with multi-factor authentication, and "Protecting It" against Phishing attacks, and the potential costs of a HIPAA violation. Today I want to talk about how having layers of patient privacy help keep Protected Health Information (PHI) safe. 

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Cybersecurity Awareness: The Cost of Violating HIPAA

In support of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we've shared tips so far for "Owning It" with remote access security, "Securing It" with multi-factor authentication, and today I want to talk about "Protecting It" and the potential costs of a HIPAA violation if you aren't able to protect it (with "it" being PHI).

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5 Tips for Promoting Patient Privacy Awareness to Your Employees

Healthcare Privacy is tied to a growing number of rules, regulations, policies and procedures. For the average healthcare employee, it can be difficult to keep track of everything they need to know. Therefore, organizations should prioritize awareness as a part of their privacy strategy. Awareness is the process of educating your staff, not only on these policies and procedures, but why they are important. Awareness is a vital step in influencing a positive privacy culture.

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Clarity on Artificial Intelligence and Patient Privacy

According to Frost & Sullivan, Artificial Intelligence systems are projected to be a $6 billion dollar industry by 20211. In fact, if you Google “artificial intelligence” and “patient privacy” you’ll get at least 35,000 results. There’s been a lot of hype in the media recently about artificial intelligence (AI) and whether or not it’s good or bad for patient privacy. No matter where you stand on the topic, there’s no doubt that AI is already helping privacy auditors save time. Read on to learn how…

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How the Human Factor Impacts Patient Privacy

Today I realized that in September of this year, I will have been in Healthcare IT for 28 years. During that period of time, I've performed a number of jobs and learned many different things. I've been in both technical and non-technical roles, in staff and leadership positions, and had the pleasure of working with some amazing people in many different states. The greatest lesson I have learned along my journey is that people are the most important aspect of any successful technology project.

On August 14th at 2:00 p.m. ET, join me for "How the Human Factor Impacts Patient Privacy," an educational webinar where I’ll discuss a number of breaches and show examples of how the human factor was ultimately the root cause. Use the link above to register to attend, and read the rest of this blog post for the background to set the stage.

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Find Hidden Patterns with Role-Based Behavioral Analysis

We all remember in 2005 when Amazon started tracking customer habits, and built sophisticated tools to recommend more purchases and direct your searches toward products it thinks you’re most likely to want. 

That's the use case I think about when the subject of behavioral analysis comes up. The more the software can learn about the person, their demographics, their buying and web-browsing habits, the better Amazon can sell products to them.

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