Why Healthcare Entities Should Invest in Robust Cybersecurity

Healthcare organizations are under attack from all sides of their businesses. We are seeing a major increase in directed ransomware and other cyber-attacks on a variety of healthcare organizations and their partners. These attacks are crippling operations, while also [...]

Why Healthcare Entities Should Invest in Robust Cybersecurity2023-01-12T20:03:08-08:00

Three things healthcare organizations can do to help protect their organizations from cyber risk and security breaches

By Oli Thordarson, CEO of Alvaka Networks I was recently asked to write a short column on “What three things healthcare organizations can do to help protect their organizations from cyber risk and security breaches?” for the ABL Organization. It [...]

Three things healthcare organizations can do to help protect their organizations from cyber risk and security breaches2020-05-18T14:31:37-07:00

Alvaka’s Kevin McDonald Writes for CAPG on 15 Ways to Safeguard PHI

Alvaka Networks COO/CISO Kevin McDonald is a featured author in this month’s CAPG Health magazine.  He writes about the obligations under HIPAA and HITECH to protect health information and how failure to do so can cost $359 per record breached.  [...]

Alvaka’s Kevin McDonald Writes for CAPG on 15 Ways to Safeguard PHI2018-10-31T14:12:18-07:00

Some Good Q&A on Backup and Disaster Recovery

1. Where should small businesses start with disaster recovery, whether or not they already have a DR plan in place? What is the first question the small business owner needs to ask?

I recommend starting with determining RTO and RPO.  If the small business owner starts here he or she will be off to a good start with the DR plan.  What are RTO and RPO?

•         RTO – Recovery Time Objective, the time between the disaster and when the system has been made operational again.  Why is this important?  Different businesses have different costs associated with...

Some Good Q&A on Backup and Disaster Recovery2015-03-02T15:43:00-08:00

40% of Hospitals Self-Declared as Struggling Financially Due to IT Problems

94% of the surveyed hospital CFOs self-identified as “struggling”, report that delayed or failed implementations in other IT systems, particularly EHR, have drastically impacted the organization’s financial position.” 

That is what is says in the third sentence of a  fascinating press release I just read  from healthcare market research firm Black Book Market Research.  The press release goes on to cite a number of other statistics from their research including stats that many healthcare CFOs are expecting to lose their jobs by 2016 and that there will be a trend to start hiring CEOs from outside healthcare.

I have witnessed some of the reasons for the IT troubles at healthcare companies: 

·         Healthcare companies on the whole have been laggards in adoption of fresh information technologies.

·         IT personnel at most healthcare organizations themselves are behind the curve on...

40% of Hospitals Self-Declared as Struggling Financially Due to IT Problems2015-01-20T04:16:44-08:00

How is the New Apple iWatch just like the IBM PC?

If the IBM PC legitimized the PC market in 1981 and launched an explosion of sales and it created a whole new market, I predict the health-enabled Apple Watch will do the same.  Prior to IBM's entry into the PC [...]

How is the New Apple iWatch just like the IBM PC?2014-09-10T21:53:19-07:00

Unclear HIPAA rules permit healthcare data offshoring … for now

...Under the Final Rule, the OCR has the power to domestically deal out civil penalties, corrective actions and long-term monitoring, while the DOJ has the power to domestically deliver a criminal prosecution. Through enforcement under HITECH, the State attorneys general [...]

Unclear HIPAA rules permit healthcare data offshoring … for now2014-07-29T02:19:34-07:00

HIPAA business associate agreement consultations could be unlawful

Here is a controversial article written recently by Kevin McDonald for TechTarget. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Under federal law, the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule extends to a class of business entities (i.e., health plans, health care clearinghouses and [...]

HIPAA business associate agreement consultations could be unlawful2020-04-29T22:44:01-07:00

Opportunities abound for providing HIPAA compliance services

As many security solution providers struggle to find compliance opportunities, there is a great opportunity in supporting compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).Even though the comprehensive laws intended to protect patient and health care data are [...]

Opportunities abound for providing HIPAA compliance services2014-04-11T17:48:00-07:00

HIPAA security checklist: 10 services your customers need

Recent changes to HIPAA and HITECH opened up significant new opportunities for security solution providers who can shoulder the risks and get themselves educated on these regulations. As this HIPAA security checklist of services, below, shows, there are 10 specific [...]

HIPAA security checklist: 10 services your customers need2020-04-29T22:42:23-07:00