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  • Ransomware – How to Protect Yourself

    How well are you really protected? Over the past year a lot of healthcare providers have been asking themselves this question because of the news stories on breaches, hackers, and cyber attacks of hospitals and health providers across the country. While these stories many times lead with the huge penalties that the organizations are hit […]

  • Eleven Steps to a Solid IT Infrastructure Analysis

    Undergoing an evaluation of your technology environment can be extremely valuable for organizations that are seeking to improve their clinical, financial, and administrative functions. An IT analysis can look at the effectiveness of the applications and systems that are supporting staff, but can also help leadership better understand what their IT department does and areas […]

  • How to Establish an Effective IT Strategy

    A strong and solid IT strategy is crucial for any business to be successful. Despite organizations having employees with skill sets and backgrounds necessary for success, without an IT strategy IT projects are most likely struggling to align with the strategic business goals of the organization. An IT strategy aides organizations in identifying tasks that […]

  • How to Avoid a HIPAA Breach

    HIPAA Breach Fines in Excess of $1 Million are Now Common Since the implementation of HIPAA, there has been a developing focus on emphasizing the importance of protecting the privacy and security of personal health-related information acquired by healthcare companies. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was the first legislation to formalize the […]

  • The Importance of Moving Your Servers to a Data Center

    While it might seem like a great idea to host your servers in-house, there are many reasons why it makes better sense to store them securely at a colocation data center. It also might seem like it’s more cost effective to host in-house, but when you weigh all of the extras a colocation offers, you […]

  • Enterprise Mobility Management

    Enterprise mobility management is an integral part of secure and compliant handling of protected health information and company data. Having coherent and efficient policies requires data management tools that can be adapted to changing work environments and devices. Balancing security and compliance with the efficiency of resources and convenience for employees is a difficult but […]

  • Having a Healthcare IT Executive Matters

    Here at Afia, we frequently conduct IT assessments for potential new and existing healthcare clients. The majority of these evaluations are commissioned by the business leaders and almost never by IT directly. It’s common for these organizations to feel held hostage by IT, or have a “black box” perception of the IT department, and ask […]

  • Why Computer Security in the Healthcare World is Important

    Now that computers are a vital component of our everyday lives, it’s increasingly important that computer security is placed front and center on our list of priorities. In the healthcare world in particular, thoughts are often focused on saving someone’s life – not necessarily on securing access to interfaces and computer systems that store private […]

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