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    Security should be a driving force and not an afterthought for senior executives and their boards.

    It is important that senior executives require that their organization formally establish a credible cyber security program. It starts with setting strategic security objectives that must be achieved by December 31, 2016, and December 31, 2017. Think near-term, and think far! The organization must address security and compliance as a life-cycle, as a process. It will lower business risk! (more…)

    Content Management, From the Experts, Security, Strategy, Technology

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    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…)

    Content Management, From the Experts, Security, Technology

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    How 3D Technology Improves Education

    , Manager, Government and Education Solutions

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    My role as a subject matter expert for Konica Minolta’s education solutions market couldn’t fit my personal passion for education any better. Aside from my role collaborating with our marketing and sales teams, I’m also an adjunct professor at New York University and a volunteer and board member at Living Values Education, a non-profit agency that teaches children how to live their own social, moral and spiritual values. It includes training teachers on conflict resolution and creating an anti-bullying environment. (more…)

    From the Experts, Solutions, Strategy, Technology

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    The Bar for HIPAA Compliance

    , Chief Executive, ecfirst

    health2Based 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…)

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    Is HIPAA in Your Enterprise DNA?

    , Chief Executive, ecfirst

    Ali blogUnderstanding 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:

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