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Lack of Business Associate Agreement Leads to $31K HIPAA Fine

By Admin April 27, 2017 An Illinois pediatric health chain paid a $31,000 HIPAA breach penalty this month after the company it hired to store and manage old paper medical records instead dumped them into an unlocked trash bin at an office park. Center for Children’s Digestive Health (CCDH) – which operates seven clinics across [...]

By | May 8th, 2017|Healthcare, Latest News, Security & Compliance|

New Guidelines: End Frequent Password Changes

By Admin  April 24, 2017 The agency that develops information security standards for the U.S. federal government is recommending significant changes to password guidelines, essentially reversing some long-held best practices. Changes to the Digital Identity Guidelines are managed by officials at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a division of the U.S. Department [...]

Stolen Laptop Leads to $2.5 Million HIPAA Breach Penalty

By Admin  April 27, 2017 The theft of a laptop computer containing information of nearly 1,400 patients was among two HIPAA breaches that led a Pennsylvania provider of remote heart monitoring to pay $2.5 million, federal authorities said this week. Malvern-based CardioNet, Inc., essentially had no process at all for securely managing electronic protected health [...]

By | May 8th, 2017|Healthcare, Latest News, Security & Compliance|

Workers Are Playing It Fast and Loose with Sensitive Data

By Pedro Hernandez | Posted April 20, 2017 Dell recently commissioned Dimensional Research to look into the data security habits of over 2,600 professionals in eight countries, including the United States and Canada. Although participants worked for organizations with 250 employees or more – squarely in the 'midsized' part of the small and midsized business (SMB) category [...]

HHS Releases Healthcare Ransomware, HIPAA Guidance

In light of recent healthcare ransomware attacks, HHS created a fact sheet to help covered entities keep ePHI secure and follow HIPAA regulations. Conducting a risk analysis, regular user training, and maintaining an overall contingency plan are just a few of the recommendations from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in its recent [...]

By | November 23rd, 2016|Healthcare, Security & Compliance|

Why are Virtual CIO Services Important?

Virtual CIO Services are valuable to small and medium sized business (SMB) owners and managers for the following reasons: 1. To maximize return on investment (ROI) in IT systems, business entities must align IT Strategic Plans and Goals with the overall Strategic Plans and Goals of the organization. Failure to achieve a proper alignment will [...]

By | November 23rd, 2016|Healthcare, IT Productivity, Small & Mid-Size Business|

Understanding High-Speed Small Business Networking Solutions

Network performance can be a challenging area for many small businesses. A slow network with insufficient bandwidth impedes production, delays receiving important files, and causes problems transmitting data to customers—not to mention security flaps and data loss. Small business networking solutions offer many different grades of service and speeds, but which one is right for [...]

By | November 23rd, 2016|Healthcare, IT Productivity, Small & Mid-Size Business|

Sheets, Paquette & Wu Dental Practice ‘Success Story’

The Challenge: Sheets, Paquette & Wu Dental Practice has a superb reputation. Their modern dental office deploys state-of-the art technologies and procedures, and even has its own internationally recognized dental laboratory in-house. But their IT environment was rapidly becoming outdated. Their IT services company was implementing old-style break/fix IT services along with older technology that [...]

By | November 21st, 2016|Success Stories|

5 infrastructure concerns for district technology leaders

Survey reveals student devices are driving the need for more bandwidth The growing need for more internet bandwidth is being pushed by an increase in the number of students with devices, according to CoSN’s Annual Infrastructure Survey. Increases in online assessments and digital content also drive the need for higher bandwidth, according to the report. [...]

By | November 20th, 2016|Education|

Report: More states are taking steps to protect student privacy

Almost two-thirds of states have passed a new student privacy law in the past 3 years A new analysis from the Data Quality Campaign shows more and more states are taking steps to ensure student privacy through legislation. During the past three years, every state but Vermont has introduced at least one bill and 36 [...]

By | November 18th, 2016|Education, Security & Compliance|