43 percent of data breaches last year involved healthcare data

Posted by Manny Veiga on Aug 28, 2014 9:35:51 AM

Healthcare data is more valuable than ever to cybercriminals and identity thieves, according to a recent analysis of breach data.

The Washington Post's Health Reform Watch blog recently reviewed data from a number of sources, which revealed an expanded view of the threat to healthcare data over the past several years.

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Topics: HIPAA and Healthcare IT

Why many healthcare providers don't trust MSPs

Posted by Manny Veiga on Apr 14, 2014 1:18:00 PM

Some MSPs would tell you trust is everything in the IT channel, and perhaps no sector presents a bigger challenge for services providers looking to earn customer trust than healthcare.

A recent report from the Ponemon Institute demonstrates just how big a hill providers must climb to earn their healthcare clients' trust. 

The Fourth Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security found that 40 percent of healthcare providers are "not confident" in the ability of their contractors and subcontractors to manage sensitive patient information.

An additional 33 percent of respondents were only "somewhat confident" that their business associates could handle this data.

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Topics: HIPAA and Healthcare IT

DIA 2014: Earning your dental clients' trust through HIPAA compliance

Posted by Neal Bradbury on Apr 8, 2014 1:29:00 PM

Las Vegas, here I come!

Tomorrow through Saturday, I’ll be heading to the Tropicana hotel for the Dental Integrators Association 2014 Annual Conference, where IT professionals from around the country will have the opportunity to come together and discuss challenges and opportunities that new technologies bring the dental industry.

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Topics: HIPAA and Healthcare IT

Beyond HIPAA: A spotlight on health care data backup and management

Posted by Manny Veiga on Feb 27, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Health care providers have had an uphill battle to fight trying to upgrade to modern technologies while staying compliant with HIPAA. Underscoring that challenge, a new study from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) revealed inconsistencies and weaknesses in the way hospitals currently manage and archive their data.

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Topics: HIPAA and Healthcare IT

Webinar: How MSPs can help their clients stay HIPAA compliant

Posted by Neal Bradbury on Feb 12, 2014 9:05:00 AM

By Neal Bradbury, Co-Founder and VP of Channel Development

We’ve talked a lot about HIPAA on this blog and at live events, but I still hear a lot from IT solution providers who are confused about their responsibilities under the law. On top of that, there are some MSP partners who aren’t quite sure what steps they need to take to protect their own clients.

I hope to clear up some of that confusion and answer some of your burning HIPAA questions in a Channel Expert Hour webinar tomorrow, February 13, at 2 p.m. ET. Register to join us for “3 Imperatives to Ensure HIPAA Compliance for your Customers.”

I’ll be joined by Chris Johnson of Untangled Solutions, who is an Intronis partner that has really grabbed the HIPAA opportunity by the horns and turned his managed services business into a go-to healthcare IT consulting firm.  You can read more about Chris’s successes in healthcare IT in this Partner Story.

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4 risk factors that will challenge healthcare MSPs this year

Posted by Manny Veiga on Jan 7, 2014 11:10:00 AM

Large-scale data breaches plagued the healthcare industry in 2013, and researchers say the new year may only bring more threats. In fact, a new study out from Experian predicted that incidences of breaches to data and patient privacy will surge in 2014. What are the risk factors driving these threats, and how can IT managed services providers working in the healthcare industry stay on top of them?

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Topics: HIPAA and Healthcare IT

Latest HIPAA breach shows why encryption is a must

Posted by Manny Veiga on Dec 17, 2013 11:28:00 AM

Earlier this year, the updates to the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act's final Omnibus rules went into effect, increasing data security in part by naming IT managed services providers as "business associates" and thereby liable in the event of a breach. In the meantime, healthcare data has continued to be a prime target for cyber criminals, with one new reported incident affecting hundreds of thousands of patient records.

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Topics: HIPAA and Healthcare IT

What is SSAE 16 certification?

Posted by Manny Veiga on Nov 19, 2013 11:10:00 AM

Last month, we partnered with TMCnet to offer a webinar on the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act's (HIPAA) Omnibus final rule and what it means for channel partners. A large number of you participated, and came armed with questions about contracts and how to best keep information - and your organization's reputation - safe.

Earlier this month, we took on the topic of Business Associate Agreements (BAAs). And last week, Neal Bradbury answered a few more questions related to MSP liability and responsibility. However, a number of participating MSPs also wanted to know more about the security protocols that make our cloud backup solution a great way to protect healthcare data.

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Topics: HIPAA and Healthcare IT

Tackling your HIPAA compliance questions

Posted by Neal Bradbury on Nov 15, 2013 11:10:00 AM

By Neal Bradbury, Co-Founder and VP of Channel Development

Last month I was able to join in on a great discussion with a panel of experts who know their stuff when it comes to HIPAA. Our friends at TMCNet hosted a webinar, “HIPAA. It Doesn’t Need to Be Scary” that focused on the opportunity available to IT managed services providers who sell cloud backup in the healthcare vertical.

We received a number of great questions from the audience during the webinar, and since there was only so much time to answer them all, we wanted to tackle a few post-event. Last week, we answered one of the basics: What is a Business Associate Agreement and what does it cover? This week, I’d like to answer a few more that, for the most part, focused on the responsibility of the MSP to help their clients comply with HIPAA.

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Topics: HIPAA and Healthcare IT

What is a Business Associate Agreement and what does it cover?

Posted by Manny Veiga on Nov 6, 2013 11:01:00 AM

Recently, we participated in a webinar hosted by TMCNet on why MSPs don't need to be scared of what HIPAA and the release of its final Omnibus rule spell for them. Business Associate Agreements were one part of the discussion.

The webinar raised a whole list of questions that merited answering, especially considering the fact that a majority of IT managed services providers on the webinar had a presence in the healthcare sector. In fact, in an informal poll of webinar participants, only 4 percent had no clients needing HIPAA compliance, whereas 55 percent of MSPs who attended the webinar said they had 1-12 clients who fell under this category, 19 percent had 13-49, and 21 percent had 50 or more. 

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Topics: HIPAA and Healthcare IT