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HIPAA Compliant Data Centers White Paper
Download our HIPAA Compliant Data Centers White Paper now for a complete guide to HIPAA hosting with IT vendors.
This White Paper explores the impact of HITECH and HIPAA on data centers. It includes a description of HIPAA compliant data center IT architecture, contractual requirements, benefits and risks of data center outsourcing, and vendor selection criteria.
It also provides valuable technical and business advice for any healthcare organization that needs to secure ePHI while meeting compliance standards, with an example BAA (business associate agreement) and a data center cheat sheet simplifying what each audit means.
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||mHealth: Mitigating Mobile Security Risks
With the use of mobile devices in the healthcare industry come several risks and points of entry, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. These points are listed below, as reported in the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center's bulletin, Attack Surface: Healthcare and Public Health Sector:
Although the risk of using mobile in healthcare may be considerable, the benefits are high – 40 percent of consumers reported they would pay for mobile remote monitoring, according to a presentation on mobile growth in Michigan given by Linda Daichendt of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan at Online Tech’s Spring into IT seminar event. Likewise, 40 percent of physicians said they could eliminate up to 30 percent of office visits by using mobile health strategies.
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mHealth: Regulation vs. Innovation
The debate, and need for a balance between regulation for the safety of public health and the need to allow technological innovation and entrepreneurship to flourish with reasonable time-to-market is still ongoing in the health IT world today.
Doing away with regulations and compliance standards entirely won’t work for the health industry, as it undermines patient care efforts and allows untested and potentially harmful products to market, and would ultimately do a major disservice to public health.
But the current timeline for FDA (Food & Drug Administration) clearance and exorbitant fees that greet technology innovators is not the right answer either (for example – the medical imaging software company, MIM Software, spent roughly $150,000 and more than two years to achieve FDA clearance).
Tatiana Melnik, health IT attorney for Dickinson Wright and frequent guest speaker during Online Tech's webinars, forwarded an article from the Washington Post on this very issue, aptly titled Health-care Apps for Smartphones Pit FDA Against Tech Industry. From this article, I learned of a coalition called Health IT Now! The group represents healthcare providers, patient advocates, and health insurance companies.
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Healthcare Security Webinars Bring Focus to Health IT Vulnerabilities
During the month of June, Online Tech hosted two webinars on healthcare security.
On June 5th, Tatiana Melnik and Brian Balow from Dickinson Wright PLLC discussed FDA Regulation of Mobile Health Devices. This webinar reviewed the FDA's approach to medical software regulation by providing an overview of the past position, present position, and where we anticipate the FDA will head in the near future. If you would like to listen to the audio and view the slides, click here.
On June 19th, Adam Goslin from High Bit Security LLC discussed Healthcare Security Vulnerabilities. This webinar reviewed REAL healthcare related security engagements and helped provide insightful and proactive methodologies for mitigation of security vulnerabilities. If you would like to listen to the audio and view the slides, click here.
Click here to view upcoming and archived webinars.
MACPA Event: On June 27-28th, Online Tech is attending the Management Information and Business Show two-day event hosted by the Michigan Association of CPAs (MACPA). As the largest accounting trade show in Michigan, this annual conference is a great networking opportunity for technology, accounting and auditing, and tax and financial planning professionals.
Fall Into IT: On September 14th, Online Tech will host our Fall into IT seminar. Coinciding with National Health IT Week and as a complement to our Spring into IT seminar this past May, we plan to feature a diverse and knowledgable set of experts to present about a variety of technical topics. We are also asking you for potential topics! If you would like to submit an idea or topic, contact us at
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