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Save Your Data (and Your Budget) from Cyberattacks

Published on 10/03/2017 by Jim Fitzgerald
Category: Blog, Healthcare IT, Security

MEDITECH Guest Blog Article by Jim Fitzgerald Republished with permission.   It cannot be overstated how much of a disaster cyberattacks are on hospitals. Despite the severity of the crime, the moral, legal, and cultural norms that would stop a prospective vandal from crossing a physical fence and painting graffiti on your hospital don’t seem to apply on the internet.I believe that enforcing a stronger deterrent for these crimes is just the beginning of accountability ...

CloudWave and Commvault: A Conversation about Data Security & Ransomware

Published on 05/25/2017 by Christine Mellyn
Category: Blog, Backup, Healthcare IT, Security

Leaders from CloudWave and the Commvault healthcare team sat down to discuss Commvault’s data management and protection solution for the MEDITECH EHR and the entire healthcare enterprise. We will be sharing this conversation with you in a multi-part blog series.This post focuses on how Commvault can help healthcare organizations secure their data and combat cyber threats like ransomware.Participants:John Valutkevich, Product Manager, Healthcare, CommvaultMike Leonard, Director of Product Management, Healthcare, CommvaultMatt Donahue, CTO, CloudWaveJacob Wheeler, Product Manager, ...

Healthcare Security Roundtable: An Interview With CloudWave and Fortified Health Security Experts

Published on 05/01/2017 by Christine Mellyn
Category: Blog, Compliance, Security

Participants:Dennis Peasley (DP), Director of Security & Compliance, CloudWave Dan Dodson (DD), President Fortified Health Security Ryan Patrick (RP), Vice President Fortified Health Security Security is top of mind for healthcare organizations today.  In fact, a recent survey of CHIME members revealed that security tops the list of IT investments that CIOs are planning in the coming year.  CloudWave and Fortified Health Security partner to deliver security services to healthcare organizations.  Recently, members of each team ...

What The Future Looked Like a Week Ago – Hopey, Feary, Changey Edition

Published on 08/25/2016 by Jim Fitzgerald
Category: Blog, Cloud Computing, Security

I have to confess; I went back to sifting through my own SPAM folder a little while ago. Not that I am a big fan of the electronic equivalent of dumpster-diving, and the algorithms behind the SPAM filters on Office 365 have gotten so good that there is rarely anything I want in there, but there is an occasional gem buried in the murk that I like to pluck out. Some of the “stuff” beckoning me to click ...

Healthcare IT: Industry Review & A Look Ahead

Published on 01/13/2016 by Matthew Donahue, James Fitzgerald
Category: Healthcare IT, Cloud Computing, Networks, Security, MEDITECH

Happy New Year 2016 to our readers and customers.  We are glad you are with us.  Jacob Wheeler, Associate Product Manager sat down with Matt Donahue, VP of Technology Development and CTO, and Jim Fitzgerald, EVP to discuss the year gone past and the year ahead in Healthcare IT. Here is the discussion:1. Transition to CloudJW: Healthcare is continuing its transition to cloud services for IT; what are the obstacles hospitals face in this move, and what ...

Windows Server 2003 End of Life and Active Directory

Published on 03/18/2015 by Leo Maguire
Category: Compliance, Healthcare IT, Virtualization, Security, Servers

Why should you be concerned with that now “old” Windows 2003 server in your environment?  WOW, it’s tough to imagine that we can actually call Windows 2003 old.  It feels as if it just recently took over as the staple of your server OS environment.  Similar to the dreaded End of Life (EOL) countdown of XP on the desktops, Microsoft has announced that, as of July 14th 2015, Windows Server 2003 will be EOL. ...

Identity and Access Management

Published on 07/14/2014 by Mark Luquire
Category: Security

It sounds like a mouthful but one of the most important areas that any healthcare IT organization will have to deal with in the new world of HITECH and Meaningful Use is Identity and Access Management.  Let’s think about this for a minute.  Healthcare IT organizations have always been responsible for managing the user accounts within the organization, facilitating access to various systems ranging from the electronic medical record (EMR) to email to file servers (i....

Healthcare and Insider Attacks: An Ounce of Prevention

Published on 06/13/2014 by Jay Bazzinotti
Category: Security

Recently a woman in Winton Hills, Ohio sued the University of Cincinatti Medical Center because her bitter ex-boyfriend, who worked at the hospital, and two other employees posted her medical records on Facebook. If proven, this activity represents a tragic breach of HIPAA and illustrates how an insider can put a healthcare organization at risk. A recent Information Security study suggested that American healthcare organizations spend six percent of their budget or more on implementing security tools, policies ...

PCI-DSS – A Short Acronym for a Long Journey – Part 1

Published on 04/16/2013 by Ashini Surati
Category: Security

PCI-DSS stands for “Payment Card Industry – Data Security Standards”.  So why am I digressing in a Healthcare IT-related blog by writing about these standards?  Ok, let’s get right to the point here…. PCI-DSS applies to any entity that accepts, processes, or stores credit card information. So as a healthcare organization, where do you use credit cards?  Admitting?  Cafeteria?  Outpatient Services? Day Surgery?  Bariatric Center?   Clinics?  Outpatient Speech ...

Remembering the '90s

Published on 03/12/2013 by Ashini Surati
Category: Compliance, Security

Remember the 90’s?  Yes, I am talking about the decade of grunge music, flannel shirts and the coming out of the Internet (World Wide Web).   It was in that decade when HTML and Java were created; the digital answering machine, DVD and Web TV were invented; and the dot com boom took the world by storm.  It was also the era when the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted by congress ...

Security in Health Care, It Ain’t Just An IT Thing.

Published on 11/13/2012 by Thom Daley
Category: Security

When one thinks about security, what typically comes to mind is an image of a hacker sitting in a dark room in front of a bunch monitors furiously plugging away at the keyboard and gaining access to any system they want.  While mitigating the risk of unauthorized access is definitely important to security, it is only a small part of it.  What’s of equal importance is that your organization is aware of the fact that security ...

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