Imagine a technology of bygone days that’s still a vital communications tool today, relied upon by businesses of all shapes, sizes, industries and regions worldwide, and still needed in today’s digital transformation. No, it’s not the automobile or the lightbulb. It’s fax communications. Consider this: The latest 2017 IDC Fax Trends survey confirms the vitality of fax and its continuing growth and relevancy today. In the survey, 75 percent of total respondents expect fax usage to grow or remain the same in the next two years while in North America it’s expected to be an even higher 88 percent! (more…)
File sharing solutions are ubiquitous now. If you run a Google search for “online file sharing services,” you’ll get pages of possibilities returned like secure file sharing, secure file transferring, virtual data rooms, Google drives and every other imaginable solution out there. In today’s high-tech world, businesses of all verticals, but especially legal, deal with sensitive data understand the importance of sharing files securely. With the likes of Konica Minolta and Workshare file sharing solutions, we’ve come a long way in how we now protect our client and customer data. (more…)
Generating a steady stream of revenue and ensuring document security are big objectives for a business of any size to survive. But many of them – especially small businesses – neglect to adopt a comprehensive means for tracking multifunction printer (MFP) usage and recovering costs. Additionally, many businesses don’t take the necessary precautions to protect and secure files across their organization. The result? They’re tossing a bundle of valuable funds into the wind while leaving their organization open to security breaches and threats. (more…)
“Moon shots are made to be landed.”
Ginni Rometti, chairman, president and CEO of IBM
These are exciting times across the healthcare spectrum. And nowhere was this excitement more palpable than at the HIMSS Conference, where more than 40,000 healthcare IT professionals from around the world gathered in Orlando, FL, to discuss the future of healthcare. (more…)
Our country’s ever-evolving healthcare landscape makes the future very unpredictable. Changes are occurring everywhere – regulation and legislation, reimbursement, technology, medical advances, and even the way healthcare is accessed and consumed. These changes impact how healthcare is delivered, paid for and administered. As such, it is imperative that Konica Minolta take an active role in understanding the industry and provide healthcare solutions in order to help our customers prepare for a future that will look very different than it does today. (more…)
In 2013, a covered entity reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights that one of its workstations was infected with a malware program. This resulted in the impermissible disclosure of 1,670 individuals’ electronic protected health information. The ePHI included names, addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, health insurance information, diagnoses and procedure codes.
The covered entity, a hospital in the Northeast, determined that the malware was a generic remote access Trojan that infiltrated their system, providing impermissible access to ePHI, because the organization did not have a firewall in place.
This is a common, basic lapse in compliance of covered entities. So, let’s examine the HIPAA settlement related to this organization. to better understand how you can improve your HIPAA compliance program. (more…)
Gartner estimates about 6.4 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices today, such as DVRs, surveillance cameras, and many others, all connected to the Web and all with Internet (IP) addresses. By 2020, it is expected that the number of Web-connected devices will increase to 20.8 billion.
So, why are these numbers relevant to healthcare cyber-security?
An IoT fact is that these devices were not designed or developed with security at their core. Further, these devices are typically not configured securely.
IoT = Internet of Threats!
The focus of this article is to walk through the security challenges associated with IoT devices, which are proliferating healthcare entities. We will examine four key steps that a health-care entity should take to be better positioned to address this area of emerging cyber-risk.
Why the IoT-driven Internet Wobble on October 21 Matters in 2017 (more…)
As the old adage goes: Don’t take a good thing for granted.
How often do we do this in our personal and professional lives? Probably more than we’d like to admit. So when that good thing comes along, recognize it, take pride in it and promote it. That’s precisely what we’re doing with our interoperability capabilities as they grow and become more relevant for more of our healthcare customers. (more…)
Based on the frequency and amount of HIPAA fines in 2016, one thing is clear, very clear: the lack of a credible HIPAA compliance program for an organization today, will lead to an increase in business risk.
Multiple alleged HIPAA violations resulted in a $2.75 million settlement with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). HIPAA fines typically are in the seven figures. In addition, it always includes a corrective action map (CAP), which requires a comprehensive HIPAA compliance program, mandated with attestation from an organization’s officer over the duration of the CAP period. The duration of the CAP period is typically a minimum of two years, more likely, three years.
The recommendation to senior leadership: select a security framework and establish HIPAA compliance within the context of that framework. There are essentially three options for security frameworks: HITRUST, ISO 27001 and NIST. I would recommend HITRUST. Be deliberate, disciplined, and steady to get HITRUST certified.
Senior executives must treat HIPAA compliance as a life-cycle, as a process. It will lower business risk!
Let’s examine the settlement related to UMMC to better understand how this impacts where you need to set the bar for HIPAA compliance based on Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforcement of the regulation. (more…)
Understanding your DNA enables you to take proactive measures in defense of your health and well-being. Similarly, an organization must carefully examine its enterprise to ensure that it is protected from the multitude of threats posed by cyber criminals, employee/staff incompetence and/or malicious intent. In this article, we focus on two key challenges for organizations. First, what does HIPAA compliance mean? What must it address? And second, how can an entity address HIPAA compliance and the risk associated with cyber-attacks on a continual basis? We identify options for security frameworks to address this second question.
HIPAA violations and fines are mounting like never before, as evidenced by the following examples: