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Health IT in a Digital World

The world’s computers contain massive amounts of health data. Three out of every ten data storage systems are within healthcare. One patient creates nearly 80 megabytes of electronic protected health information (ePHI), including electronic medical records (EMRs), images, and other confidential data. In other words, this industry is the realm of big data – huge quantities of data, both structured and unstructured, that can be mined by organizations and studied to their benefit, but that is so voluminous that it is challenging to process it through traditional program and database methods.

Simply from a standpoint of how to handle and understand it, this data can be the source of many headaches.

Regardless of whether big data can be overwhelming, understanding and using it is a huge point of focus for those within the healthcare information technology (HIT) field – as it should be. The data has clear values to healthcare firms from numerous perspectives, not just in lowering costs but also as clinical information and as fodder to improve operations. Just to look at the first of those, McKinsey estimated the total worth of healthcare big data (in terms of the insights it could provide, its “data-related value”) at greater than $300 billion.

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The Future of Machine Learning and AI in Healthcare Security

According to a 2017 report from ABI Research, the comprehensive healthcare damages from cybercrime will amount to greater than $1 trillion in 2018. Since healthcare firms want to avoid the huge costs of a breach (and all the ramifications related to HIPAA compliance and reputation), there is a huge incentive to adopt more intuitive and adaptive security protections.

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Internet of Things vs. Internet of Medical Things

As processors have declined in price and wireless networks have become more prevalent (to the point of near ubiquity), the Internet of Things (IoT) has become not just possible, but inevitable. The IoT is a collection of many devices worldwide, billions of them, all assimilating and sharing data through the Internet. The IoT is made up of many different types of items, ranging from airplanes to refrigerators, from thermostats to pills. One of the chief reasons the IoT is so exciting to people is that it allows, through the connection to the Web, each of these devices or endpoints a level of autonomous “smartness” that would otherwise not be possible. The increase in those endpoints’ ability to intelligently process and analyze data allows them to interact without any manual intervention. It also means that the Internet is being more comprehensively integrated into the physical environment, at a global scale.

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Physiology of Fear Driving Healthcare IT – or Is It Real?

The healthcare cybersecurity market is expanding at an incredible rate. An April 2016 Grand View Research report projected that the scope of the industry would reach $10.85 billion by 2022. That may sound high, but it now looks like it was an underestimate: a February 2018 analysis released by Market Research Future predicts that health information technology (HIT) security will rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22% through 2022, ballooning from $4.8 billion to $15.82 billion.

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Blockchain Security & Compliance: Is This the Future?

The technology that pushed Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies into the public eye is a distributed ledger, better known as blockchain. This approach gives any entity that uses it an ongoing and dynamic transaction log. Over time, data is shared and compared to various other nodes, all of which continually have an up-to-date database copy. Auditing controls the adding of transactions to the database. By distributing transactions in this manner, you are able to remove single points of failure (SPOFs); prevent the controlling of the ledger from a single position; and verify all your transactions, with no need to utilize an independent service. All transactions are public, making it much less likely that the ledger is gamed to meet the needs of a nefarious party.

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Why Do Medical Billing and Coding Companies Need HIPAA Hosting?

Medical billing providers and healthcare programmers cannot simply be satisfied with standard hosting, but instead should implement HIPAA-compliant hosting whenever sensitive health data is transferred server-side. This is because organizations like medical billing companies and healthcare programmers are business associates that have direct responsibility for compliance; because the expenses for breaches (which HIPAA hosting is intended to prevent) extend far beyond the fines; and because the definition of a breach is broader in recent years than it was prior to 2013.

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How to Prevent a HIPAA Data Breach

In early October, Henry Ford Health System announced that it had been hacked and that the records of 18,470 patients had been stolen. On July 25-26, Arkansas Oral Facial Surgery Center was infiltrated by a virus that blocked the practice from being able to access images, files, and notes related to 128,000 patients. In September, Augusta University Medical Center announced that fewer than 1 percent of its patients’ records were stolen during a breach; however, this attack was the second phishing effort to work against the healthcare provider in just 5 months. These are just three of the most notable healthcare data breaches that occurred in 2017.

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Why Do Biotech and Pharma Need So Much Computing Power in the Cloud?

For industries like biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, the true power of cloud computing is its ability to push the limits of computer processing to solve the greatest problems of today and tomorrow.

Both biotech and pharma firms are under intense public and governmental scrutiny and are tightly regulated. They also regularly use massive amounts of data as they trial new products, new cures and new solutions. What does the inside view of a biotechnology or pharmaceutical firm look like in the cloud? It’s a massive environment that is harnessing every technology available to change the world. Let’s take a closer look at how biotech and pharma firms harness the power of cloud computing.

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Predicting HIPAA Compliance Trends for 2018 and Beyond

Kent Roberts February 28, 2018 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

Health expenses add up to nearly one-fifth of the gross domestic product in the United States: at $3.2 trillion, this segment represents 18% of the GDP. The transition to digital environments could lead to total cost savings of $300 billion, particularly related to chronic conditions. By lowering cost, digitizing healthcare effectively makes it easier to deliver treatment, improve quality-of-life, and save lives. However, healthcare technology is also tricky because of the parameters of healthcare law, especially the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology and Clinical Health Act (HITECH).

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