WannaCry OutBreak Raises Concern for U.S. Healthcare Cybersecurity

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June 15, 2017

Wannacry was a warning to the U.S. Healthcare community, the chaos that ensued in the U.K. is a cautionary tale of the effects and severity of healthcare breaches. Over 300,000 companies across 150 countries were impacted by WannaCry ransomware, with the U.K. National Health Serivce (NHS) getting hit particularly hard causing thousands of operations and appointments to be canceled. An interesting note is that the NHS wasn’t targeted specifically, but…

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Connecting technology and healthcare to improve patient care

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June 1, 2017

Applications of technology are everywhere.  Industries globally are embracing the use of improved technologies, data migration and analytics, instant communication, and other applied uses for daily operation.  We have seen changes in customer focused industries such as kiosks at fast food restaurants and hotel check-ins or IoT applications where a code is sent to your smartphone for entry into your hotel room.  While these applications of technology are in some…

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Tech Data’s Commitment to Helping You Succeed in Healthcare IT is Highlighted by Top 25 Ranking from IDC

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May 25, 2017

The reseller community has to confront many challenges on a continual basis but it also has a unique view to see firsthand the kinds of issues and pain points that end customers face daily in the healthcare industry. It’s one thing for partners to talk with customers in the comfort of their offices to determine these issues, but it’s a whole other thing for partners to be right there in…

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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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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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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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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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Looking Back at HIMSS14, Expanding Our Footprint in Healthcare IT

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March 3, 2014

With 2014 well under way, we understand how dramatically the healthcare industry is changing. It is adapating to the compliance of shifting legislation and coping with an evolving business model. In our minds, technical innovation is going to be critical to industry survival during these different times. As an industry, healthcare has generally lagged behind with regard to IT. That truth was one of the reasons that we were pleasantly surprised as we explored…

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Top 4 Technology Trends Shaping the Future of Healthcare IT

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February 5, 2014

With the rapid changes surrounding healthcare in 2014, including the rising demand for improved patient care and doctor experiences, as well as the continued move toward electronic records, healthcare IT is starting to show four distinct technology trends. Geared toward providing exceptional experiences, supporting improved outcomes, lowering operational costs and enhancing patient satisfaction, these four trends are helping to shape the future of healthcare IT. 1 – Big Data & Analytics: Transforming the…

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