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Avoid These Common Healthcare Compliance Mistakes

It’s been said that experience comes from hard lessons. If that is the case, many healthcare providers are gaining some hard experience with the latest HIPAA rules.

The latest Omnibus Rule, issued in January of 2013, expands and clarifies dozens of rights and responsibilities listed under the original HIPAA Act passed in 1996. These include everything from patient notification and authorization to the myriad of regulations regarding the collection, meaningful use and dissemination of protected health information (PHI). Continue reading…

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How to Avoid Cloud Silos? Build from the Inside Out

Don’t repeat the sins of the past as your agency plots its journey to the cloud.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years from years of helping organizations build the right strategy and architecture, it’s the need to avoid moving to the siloed systems that emerged during the era of client/server computing into your current cloud environments. Continue reading…

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A Quick-Study Guide to HIPAA Compliance

Strange as it may seem, the Omnibus Rule updating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is going on two years old, and it seems there is still a fair amount of confusion as to what the guidelines all mean and how they apply to outsourced and cloud-based data infrastructure.

The rule covers a plethora of topics – everything from broader patient privacy protections to new ways in which compliance is monitored and enforced. But with healthcare-related data loads on the rise, it’s no wonder many organizations are still struggling to maintain compliance and provide top-notch customer service. Continue reading…

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Healthcare Compliance: The People Problem

For most healthcare providers, preserving the sanctity of protected health information (PHI) is more than simple compliance with state and federal regulations. It’s a matter of trust.

Every time news of another data breach hits the web, confidence in the affected provider, and the healthcare industry in general, suffers. Continue reading…

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The Answer to Hybrid Cloud: The Starter Kit for Microsoft Azure

During the 2014 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference last week, Carpathia announced the launch of an exciting new hybrid cloud offering with long-term partner, Equinix: The Starter Kit for Microsoft Azure.

Designed to help businesses and federal agencies overcome the challenges of balancing security and compliance with the cost saving benefits of the public cloud, Continue reading…

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5 Tips for Maintaining Compliance in Healthcare

As part of the healthcare industry, we’re sure you’re aware that it’s critical to protect patients’ information from unauthorized access. That’s exactly why federal regulations, including HIPAA, are in place to safeguard the accidental distribution of information. Healthcare providers and others who work in the healthcare industry need to invest time and energy into achieving and maintaining compliance. Continue reading…

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Meaningful Use Explained

The term “Meaningful Use” has caused some confusion in the healthcare industry.  Meaningful Use refers to the federal government’s standards for Electronic Health Records (EHR1 systems. These standards include rules, as well as incentives and penalties for healthcare professionals and hospitals. Check out our infographic, explaining the aspects of Meaningful Use. Continue reading…

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Nine Criteria for Selecting a HaaS Solution

As the amount of data and information produced and made accessible via technology continues to grow exponentially, it is expected that big data will become as integral to business and society as the Internet has become over the past 25 years.

And as more companies are developing a need for big data analytics, the number of Hadoop service options is increasing. Choosing the right solution is crucial for your company’s success – but as we’ve often heard from customers, cutting through the hype can be a daunting task.

To distinguish fact from fiction, here are nine key criteria we recommend you consider when selecting a Hadoop-as-a-Service (HaaS1 solution. If you’re interested in additional information, you can find these points and more in our recent eBook, “Hadoop As A Service: Not all Offerings are Created Equal.”  You might also want to check out the GigaOm Research Paper, “Understanding the power of Hadoop as a Service.” Continue reading…

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Benefits of the Private Cloud

Selecting a cloud solution for your organization can be overwhelming, as there are quite a few options to choose from – private, public, hybrid and community. Which is best for you?

As many organizations contemplate migrating to the cloud, their biggest concerns tend to be control, security and location of their data. Are you in the healthcare industry, tasked with storing confidential patient information? Are you part of a federal organization that deals with data that must be kept secure? Depending on your organization and the type of data you’re considering storing in the cloud, a private cloud solution might be your best bet. Continue reading…

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Summer House Cleaning Tips for Your Cloud

Summer is the perfect time to take a step back and reevaluate new ways to fine-tune your cloud infrastructure. Whether your environment is public, private or hybrid, there are a number of data center “house cleaning” tips that can significantly optimize computing resource performance. Not only can these guidelines help you refresh your own infrastructure, but they also provide some key guidelines for your vendor partner relationships too. In the end, you will benefit from a much more cost-effective, secure and efficient cloud infrastructure. Continue reading…