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CNN reports: Hundreds of dental offices crippled by ransomware attack

"We have no access to the patient charts, schedule, x-rays, or payment ledger," Shae Johnson, the Clinical Coordinator at Dentistry Design in McFarland, Wisconsin, told CNN. "The doctor cannot do proper treatment without a chart history and x-rays." Ransomware is a type of virus that locks up a computer and demands a payment for [...]

By |2019-09-25T22:04:42+00:00September 25th, 2019|Healthcare, Latest News, Security & Compliance|

What Does Windows End of Life Mean to My Business?

You’ve all heard the panic. Windows is cutting off support for its widely popular version 7 software. January 14, 2020 will officially mark Windows 7 End of Life. Many companies have used Windows 7 since its onset in 2009 and are still actively using it today. That means you will need to migrate every single [...]

Getting Ahead of Windows 07 End of Life

With Windows 7 end of life quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about what needs to be done to prepare. Technically, regular Windows 7 support has been dead since 2015, however, the extended support period is over January 2020, which means no more updates or security patches. What should you be aware of for [...]

To Renew or Not Renew, That Is the Question

You’re prepared, at least mentally, to begin your migration to Windows 10 because you’ve read What Does Windows End of Life Mean to My Business? And Getting Ahead of Windows End of Life. Is your hardware ready? How you handle your IT (on your own, as needed support, or with a fully managed agreement) [...]

Is Your Practice Prepared for Windows 7 End-of-Life?

As of January 14, 2020, Microsoft will discontinue support for its popular Windows 7 operating system and Windows Sever 2008. If you’re a healthcare practice using either platform, you need to pay close attention to this fast-approaching deadline – as continuing to run an unsupported operating system leaves you dangerously exposed to serious risks and [...]

By |2019-08-26T21:49:28+00:00May 23rd, 2019|Healthcare, IT Productivity, Latest News, Security & Compliance|

California Moves to Close Gaps in Data Breach Notification Law

The proposed legislation would close a loophole in the state’s existing data breach notification law, requiring breached organizations to report compromised biometrics and passports. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Assembly member Marc Levine are seeking to strengthen the state’s data breach notification law, which aims to close a loophole and expand requirements to include compromised biometrics [...]

By |2019-04-23T01:23:14+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Healthcare, IT Productivity, Latest News, Security & Compliance|

Is Your IT Provider An Asset Or A Liability To Your Practice?

By Ron Vesely, Arevtech president and founder Dental practices of all sizes are increasingly using Managed IT Service Providers (MSPs) to help lower costs, increase efficiencies, and ensure compliance of IT systems with regulatory requirements. While MSPs have been around for years, the services they provide can differ greatly. When evaluating your current technology [...]

By |2019-04-23T01:20:19+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Healthcare, IT Productivity, Latest News, Security & Compliance|

Make Your IT Expenses Predictable

Many practices lack the means to plan and budget IT expenses and future equipment needs. The dental industry continues to face stagnant growth. The 2017 Dental Economics–Levin Group Annual Practice Survey cites reasons for this, including the expansion of DSOs, declining insurance provider reimbursements, and the increasing number of dentists coming out of dental schools―all [...]

By |2019-04-03T18:01:54+00:00April 1st, 2019|Healthcare, Latest News|

Waiting for Your Outdated Technology to Break Before You Replace It?

Don’t ignore the risks of an outdated IT infrastructure. A State of Work Report by Samanage in 2016 found that businesses lose over $13,000 per year, per employee, on unproductive tasks, many, due to outdated technology. Inthis same study, 36.8% of working adults reported their company’s technology wasoutdated. It’s easy to understand why many medical, [...]

By |2019-04-03T18:03:43+00:00April 1st, 2019|Healthcare, Latest News|

Beware of ransomware: Here’s how to protect your district

BY SAM CURRY 3 important steps and some free resources to help prevent cyber-abuse A new, disturbing pattern has cropped back up that is reminiscent of some nasty behavior from the early days of Internet nefarious exploits: targeting schools and students and the innocent. Ransomware attacks have been making headlines in recent months—particularly as a [...]

By |2018-08-02T01:17:49+00:00August 1st, 2018|Education, Latest News, Security & Compliance|