The Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted into law by President Bill Clinton on August 21st 1996. In a landmark achievement, the government set out specific legislation designed to change the US Healthcare System now and forever. The new rules have handed control back to the patient over how their personal information is processed and maintained, while also encouraging healthcare institutions to embrace and migrate to digital technology.
Whether you are a pediatrician, an emergency room doctor, or a psychologist, collecting patient information through an online form is more efficient than using paper forms.
And amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s also a lot safer to have patients fill out forms through their phone or laptop instead of filling out paper forms using shared pens and clipboards that may have lingering germs.
Organizations migrating to a new IT environment, such as the Cloud, should always give serious consideration to the security of that environment. But how secure is the Cloud? If you don’t know exactly what piece of hardware your private data is found on at a given time, how do you know it is secure?
For those relatively new to Cloud, the first thing to be aware of is that while some of the tools and methods used to secure a network and data in the Cloud are different, the basic principles are the same as for any other environment. The next thing to know is that because the Cloud runs in data centers staffed by experts in Cloud services, data stored in the Cloud is “probably more secure than conventionally stored data,” according to Quentin Hardy, former Deputy Technology Editor of the New York Times[i].
The newly connected nature of the healthcare industry means patient data can be accessed at any time and anywhere. However, this also means traditional defensive measures that have kept healthcare organizations and patient data protected from hackers until now, have weakened.
Did you know that more than 113 million people were affected by a HIPAA compliance breach in 2015? That’s an increase of 107 million from just five years ago.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (i.e., HIPAA) was enacted to keep people’s personal health information, including medical records and billing information, secure. The rules and regulations are not only notoriously complicated and easy to misunderstand, but they also frequently change. However, feigning ignorance won’t work in your favor.
Website speed optimization is the make-or-break of user experience. Data shows that user engagement decreases by a whopping 25% for every second increase in a site’s loading time. The digi-world is marked by the very construct that it’s so much easier to get things done online. The World Wide Web is a competing space where the race is on to minimize user input and maximize the time of engagement. A well-designed website becomes redundant when its speed performance is below par, leading to higher churn rates and consequently a lower ROI.
Guest Author: Rodney Brazil
While businesses use many online channels to engage customers, the company website is the most important of all. It serves as the home base for all online resources created by a brand. While business directories, social media, and interactive maps get a lot of attention these days, these important traffic sources all lead back to one place: your website.
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