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HIPAA Compliant Hosting Hangout with Gene Geiger

Much of the focus on healthcare technology is on its dark side, the potential that the information will be hacked. That’s a reasonable concern, especially given the gigantic exposure of user data at Anthem, which many security experts now believe originated with government-sponsored IT security researchers in China.

Well, here’s the light side: healthcare technology is saving lives – as demonstrated by a recent Information Age article by Bryan Lewis of the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI): “How Big Data is Beating Ebola”. VBI is a firm that specializes in computational epidemiology, which essentially means that they study data related to epidemics to better control the spread of disease and determine the degree of success achieved by public health efforts.

In order to properly understand how the disease might spread, VBI designed a virtual model containing populations that were each assigned adjustable characteristics. The virtual geographic environment was fed information including race, sex, age, typical family arrangements, travel between different areas, and gatherings – essentially a predictive analytic model on a worldwide scale.

The synthetic data “was created in such a way that it mirrored actual census, social, transit and telecommunications data patterns from the targeted population,” explained Lewis.

The resultant sophisticated system allowed VBI to help improve the response to the disease and minimize its death toll, which exceeded 9000 as of January 2015.

While the Anthem hack reminds us that technology with patient data must be incredibly secure, the positive impact of computing on healthcare is truly remarkable. We must build systems that improve the effectiveness of healthcare while never forgetting the security concerns when handling protected health information (PHI).

The second episode of our Google Hangout on Air (HOA) series (see the above video), featured Gene Geiger, one of the founding partners of security and compliance firm A-lign. We spoke with Geiger about the general security climate and compliance with the Healthcare insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).  Atlantic.Net offers a full lineup of SSD Cloud Servers that fully support our full line of HIPPA Compliant Servers.

By Moazzam Adnan


Docker Net Worth: Why Docker Was Valued at $1 Billion Last Year

Sam Guiliano February 26, 2016 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

In April 2015, Docker was valued at $1 billion. Why is that? Of course, Docker is not just a trend. What’s so remarkable about this containerization technology? Why is the company worth so much?

  • Growth of the Company
  • Value of the Company
  • 5 Reasons Docker is Worth $1 Billion
  • One-Click Docker

Growth of the Company

Docker adoption has been growing rapidly. In fact, a study of 7000 businesses found that adoption of Docker rose 400% between September 2014 and November 2015.

The study, from infrastructure monitoring group Datadog, showed that Docker had almost none of the market in fall 2014 but was running on 6% of the servers tracked for the report by November. Interestingly enough, this open source software is particularly popular among enterprises: over half of firms with more than 500 hosts have used Docker, at least in testing environments.

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8 Docker Features for IT Management

Sam Guiliano February 19, 2016 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

Docker’s adoption has more than doubled since a year ago. Here is a look at its growth and top features that many companies will find useful.

  • Growth of Docker Astronomical
  • New Docker Release: Main Features for IT Management
  • One-Click Docker for Immediate Use

Growth of Docker Astronomical

Have you heard the news? Many people certainly consider Docker useful, and it is also one of the trendiest tools in IT. Hence, its adoption and use are growing incredibly. In February 2016, Docker reports that its 400,000 registered users have a total tally of 2 billion pulls – that’s four times as much action as the technology had seen in February 2015. The data comes from the Docker Hub.

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A Brief Look at Salt

SaltStack, or simply Salt, is a configuration management system used by many people to make managing servers and configuring software much simpler.

  • Why is Salt Useful, and How is it Unique?
  • How to Install Salt
  • Establishing Your Master & Minion
  • Getting Salt Up & Running

Why is Salt Useful, and How is it Unique?

Yes, SaltStack Is a configuration management system – but since that term is a little dense, it helps to think of it as a tool that solves specific problems. Basically, it comes in handy when you have more than one server. Without anything to help manage your entire system, you have to log into each machine independently to perform whatever functions you want on each server. Typical tasks you might need to do would be rebooting it or seeing how long it’s been on. You also might want to install a program and set up the configuration to meet your own needs. Or you might want to create additional users and establish their privileges.

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Quick Docker Facts

Adnan Raja December 2, 2015 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

Docker is on everyone’s minds as a potential way to improve packaging and shipping of applications. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Docker allows for packaging and distribution of applications.
  • Docker isn’t a completely new idea.
  • You don’t have to use Linux.
  • It’s much faster than starting a VM.
  • Virtual machines aren’t yet obsolete.
  • Docker’s adaptation is incredibly fast.
  • Wade before you dive.

Docker has risen to incredible prominence since it was first introduced as an open source project in 2013. In fact, as of March, it was either in use or in the planning stages for  nearly half of companies, notes Forbes. At the time, it had been adopted by more than one in eight companies (13%), while 35% were preparing to implement it.

There’s a tendency to forgive technologies for their weaknesses as they start to become a more standard choice. It’s necessary to look at Docker from all angles.

Here are a few things to understand about this container technology:

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The Rise and Success of Docker

Sam Guiliano October 26, 2015 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments
  • The Unlikely Rise of Docker
  • Why Okta Developers Love Docker
  • Biggest Hurdles of Using It

The Unlikely Rise of Docker

In 2014, a startup called Docker started to gather an incredible amount of attention. The momentum started building in March 2013, when the company’s founder, Solomon Hykes, introduce the technology at the developer conference PyCon in a keynote presentation entitled “Lightning Talk: The future of Linux Containers.” By the end of last year, the wellspring of excitement for Docker had reached a fever pitch – with enterprises including Amazon, Google, Microsoft, HP, Dell, Red Hat, and VMware all clamoring to join forces with the company, which then had just 70 employees.

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Q & A: HIPAA Compliant Report Writer Control System

Since we focus so much on the healthcare industry, we regularly receive questions from HIPAA covered entities and their tech partners looking for compliant hosting services. We were recently contacted by a customer interested in encrypted storage, remote access, Web (Apache) and DB (MySQL) servers for a HIPAA-compliant report writer control system (RWCS).

Here is an excerpt of our interaction, sourced from the real transcripts. (Note: Anonymity is maintained, and any intellectual property or other sensitive details are omitted.)

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Do I Need to Be HIPAA Compliant?

  • Who Needs to Be Compliant?
  • The Role of the Healthcare Clearinghouse
  • Interviewing Business Associates
  • Making Strong HIPAA Choices

Who needs to Be Compliant?

You need to be compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act if you are a covered entity or business associate. Business associates are a catch-all group that includes any company performing a service for covered entities that exposes it to protected health information (electronic health records or other data). Covered entities include health care providers, health care plans, and health care clearinghouses.

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How to Comply with HIPAA

How do you comply with the Health insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)? This article covers the four basic elements of the regulations. It also discusses myths associated with the basic compliance testing method, security risk analysis – most notably that a HIPAA risk analysis checklist is insufficient for compliance.

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