What hospitals must have and should have when it comes to disaster recovery requirements and solutions

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February 8, 2017

Post sponsored by Veritas What can critical application downtime cost a hospital? A lot. Last year, Health Information Technology (HIT) surveyed hospitals across the United States on critical application availability. The results were unbelievable. Participating hospitals reported an average of 69 hours of downtime of critical patient apps at a cost to the affected hospital of $7,900 per minute. Let that sink in for a bit. At $7,900 per minute,…

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How to talk to healthcare organizations about their disaster recovery requirements and needs

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February 2, 2017

Post sponsored by Veritas When creating a data protection, backup and recovery strategy, there is a deeper level that must be addressed and that’s critical system availability. It’s extremely important that critical applications are appropriately prioritized during an emergency situation when multiple apps need to all be recovered quickly. This can help ensure real-time patient safety and quality of care goes uninterrupted in the event of a disaster. Healthcare organizations…

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10 steps to fight ransomware AFTER it’s infected healthcare systems

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October 12, 2016

More and more, hackers are turning their attention from banks and financial institutions to healthcare organizations. Why? Because they see healthcare companies as low-hanging fruit. Not only is it relatively easy to infiltrate IT systems, by hacking medical devices, targeting new or uneducated employees and/or from general weak security systems – but also the information being protected is extremely lucrative to criminals. Cybersecurity is a big concern for your healthcare…

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Coaching customers to identify, prevent and recover from ransomware

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October 5, 2016

Do you know which industry experienced the highest rate of cyber-attacks last year? It wasn’t retail. It wasn’t government. It wasn’t even finance. It’s healthcare. Unfortunately, this trend is expected to continue this year and throughout 2017 as well. Why? Because electronic healthcare records are twenty times more valuable on the black market than other sensitive data, including credit card information. Cyber security is a major concern within the healthcare…

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Manual processes slowing down IT? Here’s how one healthcare company used DevOps to transform the organization

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September 22, 2016

What does DevOps look like? For one healthcare company, DevOps wasn’t pretty. Sure it had a more mature set of processes than competitors and for the most part its IT environment worked, but there were still a lot of manual processes that made its IT environment complex – it wasn’t scalable or user-friendly. If you incorporate DevOps methodologies but still have issues with siloed information and manual processes, you might…

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Are healthcare companies hoarding data? Help your customers prioritize, regulate and simplify data with information governance

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July 28, 2016

There’s a real fear when it comes to deleting data. No matter how obscure or obsolete information may seem, many healthcare organizations view data deletion as a risk they could be deleting research that holds the key to the next major medical breakthrough. The cost of data storage – is it worth it to keep data “just in case?” Storing all data can sometimes seem like it’s the right thing…

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5 Tips for Developing a Data Backup and Recovery Plan for Healthcare Organizations

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July 12, 2016

When it comes to data backup and recovery in healthcare, the stakes are higher than ever before. We’re starting to see hackers turning their attention away from big banks to infiltrate small, regional hospitals that may act as a back door to larger systems housing sensitive and protected data. A hacked healthcare organization could face Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violations and fines, Office for Civil Rights (OCR)…

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How to Navigate the New Era of IT with Avnet (Infographic)

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May 2, 2016

Unlike traditional IT, the New Era of IT isn’t being driven by a single, new trend or technology entering the marketplace. Instead, it’s being driven by the maturation and convergence of several technology trends at the same time: Cloud. Big Data & Analytics. Converged Infrastructure. Security. Mobility. The Internet of Things.

Learn how you can secure your place in this New Era of IT in this infographic from Avnet.

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How to “Verticalize” your Value Prop with HIMSS

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February 23, 2016

Healthcare professionals and institutions are acutely aware of what can happen when a breach occurs, so just stating that you are an IT security expert on your website or on your marketing materials is not enough to gain trust and close the deal. One must be able demonstrate their understanding of the healthcare industry, and address specific needs and fears, in order to ensure HIPPA compliance and avoid life threatening mistakes that can be made if data is manipulated, stolen or lost.

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6 Ways You Can Profit from the Digitalization of Healthcare

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February 11, 2016

The Mobile Health Market is expected to reach $26 billion by 2017. Got your attention? Now get ready for this, the growth in the mobile health market is only a small fraction of the growth that the healthcare market will experience in the upcoming years – mostly due to increased digitalization. Here’s where this quickly emerging world of digital healthcare can open doors and new opportunities for you:

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4 Prescriptions to Protect the Future of Healthcare

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October 15, 2015

The risk for healthcare organizations isn’t getting any better. In fact, we’re now more than five years into the HITECH and Affordable Care Acts, and the risks are greater than ever.

In this blog, I’ve listed four top security priorities I believe healthcare organizations need to take into account now in order to secure data, and their patient confidence, for the future of healthcare:

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Recent Premera Attack Proves Breaches in Healthcare Will Continue To Skyrocket

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April 9, 2015

With the running rate of each health record averaging $50, the demand for patient health information on the black market is high, and more and more hacking forces are targeting healthcare organizations. Today, more than 2 out of 5 physicians use a smartphone or connected tablet during patient consultations, and 81% of clinicians using mobile devices to collect PHI, so how do providers protect the growing number of endpoints needed to secure and comply with HIPAA and other privacy and security rules?

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3 Ways Healthcare Organizations Can Rethink Their Security Strategy

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April 1, 2015

Recently, Premera Blue Cross was hit with the second-biggest cyberattack in healthcare industry history, exposing the personal, financial and medical information of more than 11 million customers. Only six weeks before, Anthem announced that it had been victim of a breach subjecting nearly 80 million records of customers to exposure. Although these breaches are becoming more and more common in the healthcare industry, they’re nothing new.

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