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  • cyber-securityGartner 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…)

    From the Experts, Security

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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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    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…)

    From the Experts

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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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    Diagnosing the 2016 Healthcare Landscape

    , National Healthcare Market Manager, Solutions

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    Healthcare is one of the most dynamic and rapidly evolving industries in the United States. The adoption of technology is growing exponentially and the investment in healthcare IT is outpacing nearly every other vertical market. 2016 promises to continue this trend, with security, interoperability and reimbursement leading the way as key healthcare challenges. Cloud, mobile, data analytics and HIPAA compliance will significantly impact purchase decisions as healthcare providers attempt to improve population health, enhance the individual experience of care and reduce the per capita cost of care (otherwise known as the Triple Aim of Care).  (more…)

    Cloud, Content Management, From Our Experts, Solutions, Technology

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    Our Prescription for Security and HIPAA Compliance

    , National Healthcare Market Manager, Solutions

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    Identity theft has become epidemic in the United States — and across the world for that matter. It seems as if we hear about major breaches of personal data on a weekly basis, and now healthcare data breaches are becoming more and more prevalent. Nearly 42 million people have had their protected health information (PHI) breached since 2009.

    Over the past couple of years, a number of organizations, including Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Community Health Systems (CHS) and Xerox Healthcare, have experienced massive PHI breaches. The Anthem breach affected nearly 80 million records. A breach at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission put the state out of HIPAA compliance. And finally, CHS had 4.5 million patient records stolen by cyber criminals.

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    From Our Experts, Security, Solutions

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    Just over one year ago, I was handed a key to an office shell in Silicon Valley and asked to build the US Business Innovation Center. As I was standing in the empty room, I knew I was at the beginning of what would grow to be a driving force of new business lines and opportunities for Konica Minolta. I also knew that these business lines would not be an extension of our legacy products, but solutions born from the needs of our customers, both existing and new.

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    Leadership, Strategy, Technology, Thought Leaders

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    Protect Your Print – Secure Printing

    , Director, Business Development

    In August 2013, it was determined that Affinity Health Plan — a New York-based managed care plan — owed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights $1.2 million for violating HIPAA as part of a patient data breach case, reported Healthcare IT News.

    “An HHS Office for Civil Rights investigation indicated that Affinity impermissibly disclosed the protected health information of these affected individuals when it returned multiple photocopiers to leasing agents without erasing the data contained on the copier hard drives.”

    HIPAA regulations are not to be taken lightly.  It can cost businesses millions of dollars if the proper precautions are not taken when it comes to information sharing and organizational workflow.

    There are those working outside the healthcare industry that need to equally protect sensitive patient information.  Take, for instance, Summit Educational Resources, a private organization in New York that provides education and therapeutic services to those with developmental disabilities. (more…)

    From Our Experts, Security, Solutions

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    Hot Topics at HIMSS ‘14

    , National Healthcare Market Manager, Solutions

    At the HIMSS Annual Conference in Orlando I spoke with many customers – physicians, hospital administrators, ancillary care providers, and IT professionals.   Konica Minolta has always provided printing solutions to the healthcare industry, and while many HIMSS attendees know about us for reliable office and production print equipment, this was an opportunity for them to see our expanded EnvisionIT Healthcare portfolio.

    Since HIPAA went into effect, we have grown our healthcare offering to include industry specific software, IT services and professional services.  Today, we offer customers a complete solution of hardware, software and services that address the specific challenges in the healthcare industry such as security, document and records management, efficiency and regulatory compliance. (more…)

    From Our Experts, Security, Solutions, Technology

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    Top Solutions for Capturing Patient Information

    , National Healthcare Market Manager, Solutions

    Imagine a family practice office on a Monday morning with every seat in the waiting room full, and three people waiting at the check-in window.  Contrast that to an Emergency Room at a community hospital on a Friday night with 40-50 patients waiting to be admitted.  Each scenario is very different, but they have a few things in common – busy staff, anxious patients, and a challenging document workflow.  Add to that the necessity to correctly and quickly capture patient information and clinical notes in order to satisfy billing requirements and regulatory compliance while maintaining the privacy and security of the patient.

    These are typical situations in today’s healthcare environment and are complicated by the fact that electronic health records (EHR) are changing the way clinicians do business.  Perhaps the biggest challenge for a healthcare provider is how to capture all of the paper documents associated with a patient visit or encounter. (more…)

    From Our Experts, Security, Solutions

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