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9/6/2016
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8 Security Categories Healthcare Providers Need to Improve On

A new survey by HIMSS finds that many providers don't even cover the basics of IT security.
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1. Antivirus/antimalware and firewalls.

It's hard to believe that the providers didn't get a score in excess of 99 percent, but that's the reality. The survey found that only 84.9 percent of acute facilities and 90.3 percent of non-acute are using these tools. Worse still, only 78.2 percent of acute and 90.3 of non-acute facilities have deployed firewalls. While some kind of antivirus or antimalware tool should be automatic, Kim is especially concerned that more than 20 percent of acute facilities are not using firewalls. Not having basic tools such as antivirus/antimalware and firewalls leaves medical facilities wide open to compromises.

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1. Antivirus/antimalware and firewalls.

Its hard to believe that the providers didnt get a score in excess of 99 percent, but thats the reality. The survey found that only 84.9 percent of acute facilities and 90.3 percent of non-acute are using these tools. Worse still, only 78.2 percent of acute and 90.3 of non-acute facilities have deployed firewalls. While some kind of antivirus or antimalware tool should be automatic, Kim is especially concerned that more than 20 percent of acute facilities are not using firewalls. Not having basic tools such as antivirus/antimalware and firewalls leaves medical facilities wide open to compromises.

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Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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9/6/2016 | 7:25:30 PM
Irony
The irony is: To get medical/health information that you're fully entitled to, you have to jump through a zillion bureaucratic hoops.

Maybe I should hire a hacker to get my own medical information for me.  It'd probably be easier and possibly even more cost-effective than to deal with the dimwits in most hospitals' medical-records offices who lack basic critical-thinking skills and pay outrageous copying rates.  (One hospital I recently dealt with for a client: More than $0.75 per page!)
patligalli
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patligalli,
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9/29/2016 | 4:50:20 PM
2FA or MFA
Great article on recommendations and protecting patient data- author missed out on 2 factor technology which is critical. 

Mohammed 
lorraine89
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lorraine89,
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10/10/2016 | 7:26:54 AM
Online security
Increasiing and stepping up the game of online privacy is the key in remaining safe from those snooping eyes of the hackers and therefore it is essential to deploy military grade data protection tools like encryption, password protection and also securing your online activity and incoming traffic logs via a guaranteed secure vpn server. I use PureVPN as my vpn server because it has strict no logs policy and also offers 5 plus multi logins so that is a plus. 
AnnaK746
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1/29/2017 | 3:33:36 AM
security
I also very much concerned with the question about the security of applications. I would not like to know that my data is using someone. It's not good. How can you protect myself? I can use applications developed by reliable companies https://itechcraft.com/custom-healthcare-solutions/ .But how can I find out which companies are reliable?
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