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Secure healthcare cloud load-balancing: Time to go virtual

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The modern healthcare environment now spans multiple networks, multiple locations – all across the country. Healthcare data centers are being created to house more data and a lot more users. In some cases, these data centers are located...

Tying together healthcare public and private cloud security

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The amount of attention paid to the differences in securing public and private clouds has dissipated over time to the point now where, though they do have their variances, many of the same security practices can be applied to both public and...

How does cloud computing factor into health data breaches?

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When discussing healthcare data breaches related to cloud computing, much of the conversation seems to be in the future tense. Though many organizations are beginning to become comfortable with putting data and even protected health information...

Cloud security best practices for healthcare providers, vendors

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Patient privacy has always been a top concern for healthcare providers. Ensuring the confidentiality, integrity and availability of sensitive data is critical, both to provide excellent patient care and to protect healthcare organizations from...

Healthcare providers digging deep into cloud encryption

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The standard “we encrypt all of our data” line simply won’t cut it anymore in a healthcare industry that’s riddled with data breaches and massive fines, as evidenced by today’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announcement that it had...

Making healthcare cloud data security decisions as a BA

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When the HIPAA omnibus rules were announced in January, many of those in the healthcare industry spoke about how heighten responsibilities for HIPAA covered entities, business associates (BAs) and subcontractors would affect healthcare organizations...

Securing the health public and private cloud platform bridge

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Cloud computing has allowed many different healthcare organizations to scale, become more resilient and better service their staff and patients. As healthcare environments become more and more distributed, the need to expand a cloud deployment...

HIPAA-compliant hosting considerations for covered entities

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Cloud computing technology options continues to grow in number by the day for healthcare organizations and discerning what the best products and services are can be challenging. But regardless of what type of cloud technology an organization...

Implementing user-focused healthcare security technologies

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The healthcare world is becoming ever more reliant on IT and data center infrastructures. With any new type of technological advancement, the security conversation is always nearby. The reality is simple – the greater the reliance on a...

Healthcare digital certificate security best practices

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Digital certificate management can sometimes fall under the radar when discussing healthcare data security because of other security concerns. But make no mistake, internal security threats are a serious concern that bears watching and it’s...

Deploying virtual security appliances in a healthcare setting

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With the increase in security threats, breaches and malicious activities, healthcare organizations are trying harder than ever to secure their environments. This means placing devices inside and even outside of their networks. In some cases,...

Healthcare security considerations during cloud implementation

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Many healthcare organizations are truly starting to embrace using cloud computing to store their electronic health records (EHRs) and now have a better understanding of the controls needed to properly manage patient data. But with the new HIPAA...

Fine-tuning your healthcare SaaS security approach

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Though Software as a Service (SaaS) is often referred to as a generally solid option for healthcare organizations looking to use cloud computing, the SaaS privacy and security implications can be ambiguous at times. In a recent blog post, John...

HIMSS13 healthcare security vendor trends: Cloud and BYOD

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Two important health IT security trends at HIMSS13 were mobile security and cloud security because of new technology and government rules and regulations such as HIPAA. Both rank fairly high on healthcare organizations’ priority lists and HealthITSecurity.com...

Facing the healthcare cloud security challenge head-on

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There will be benefits and challenges with any technological innovation. This holds especially true for anything related cloud computing. We now have a multitude of different cloud model types where healthcare organizations can best use the available...

HIMSS13 Day One security takeaways

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NEW ORLEANS — Day one at HIMSS13 was certainly a busy one and HealthITSecurity.com met with a variety of attendees to lead about new security technologies and endeavors in 2013. TigerText opened the TigerText platform today to developers...

Healthcare identity federation simplifies authentication

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The ability to extend an environment into the cloud has become a hot conversation topic among many healthcare IT professionals. Cloud-based applications, portals and information points are all good reasons to somehow connect the user environment...

What will Texas Office 365 deal mean for healthcare security?

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The Texas Department of Information Resources has officially bought into Microsoft Office 365 and with it the idea that it can maintain HIPAA compliance and avoid down time. Microsoft has entered into a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA)...

Creating strong healthcare cloud encryption keys

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When encrypting healthcare cloud data, security officers need to reach a certain level of confidence with encryption keys and managing those keys. Since the data is no longer being housed on premise, there’s a strong reliance on managing patient...

New technologies make healthcare security pros more efficient

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One of the underlying sayings in IT is “do more with less.” This certainly holds true for the healthcare industry. Over the past few years, administrators have been tasked with creating a more robust and efficient environment capable...

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