February 27, 2018

How drug diversion can enable patients to unknowingly become infected with Hepatitis C

Perhaps this is a question you have never thought to ask, and before April of 2009 it was not even in the realm of curiosity for me either. But as I entered Urgent Care for what I thought might be bronchitis or something similar, only to be asked by the medical assistant, “Do you know you are yellow?” my world was immediately turned upside down. A trip to the ER and several other doctor’s visits and blood tests later confirmed I had Hepatitis C.

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February 12, 2018

A Look Back: How Health Data Breaches Have Affected the Industry in 2017

There is good news and bad news when we examine the 2017 health data breach landscape. Let’s start with the bad news: like 2016, there was an average of at least one health data breach per day throughout 2017. In total, there were 477 incidents reported to HHS, the media, or other sources. Interestingly, 74% of all incidents were either the result of insiders (176 incidents) or hacking (178 incidents). The good news is that, despite the high number of incidents, there were fewer massive data breaches that affected large numbers of patient records. As a result, the total number of affected records in 2017 was five times less than in 2016.

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February 8, 2018

How AI can transform healthcare security problems into opportunities

Thanks to Hollywood, artificial intelligence (AI), for many of us, now either seems like a distant fantasy or conjures up visions of evil robots taking over the world. The latest high-profile individual to succumb to this either-or vision is Alibaba founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma. On a recent Davos panel, he said that AI is a threat to human beings because AI and robots are going to kill lots of jobs. But there’s one industry where that prediction simply isn’t true: the healthcare cybersecurity workforce.

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February 5, 2018

Writing the Book on Next-Generation Compliance Analytics

Protecting patient privacy and helping health systems stay compliant with complex security and privacy requirements is a challenge in the best of circumstances, and in today’s ever-changing technological landscape, it can be nearly impossible. One particularly thorny issue that the industry has been wrestling with has been the emergence of new technologies that leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to aid compliance teams in detecting and remediating threats to privacy.  Traditionally outside the province of compliance teams, such platforms are powerful, but often poorly understood, additions to a modern privacy team.

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January 24, 2018

Faster, safer, better: Why Protenus embraces Infrastructure-as-Code

At Protenus, we value moving quickly -- continually iterating to improve our state of the art healthcare compliance analytics platform. Combine this rapid development cycle with a steadily growing customer base, and we find ourselves needing new infrastructure resources at a dizzying pace.

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