Community Health Systems Hacked: How Secure is Your Environment?

Community Health Systems has announced its network was recently hacked, and data on 4.5 million patients was stolen. Hackers came away with patient names, Social Security numbers, physical addresses, birthdays and telephone numbers.

Cyber crimes continue to be on the rise, and the CHS data breach shows the significant value hackers place on patient data.

Addressing IT in a De Novo Endoscopy Center

PriorityOne Group’s President & CEO Nelson Gomes has contributed a feature article to the winter issue of EndoEconomics, a GI-dedicated journal published by Physicians Endoscopy that covers current issues faced by the GI community and GI physician owners of ASCs. The article is titled “Addressing IT in a De Novo Endoscopy Center.

Your Healthcare IT Budget: 7 Important Considerations

PriorityOne Group’s President & CEO Nelson Gomes has contributed a new article to Physicians Practice. The article is titled “Your Healthcare IT Budget: 7 Important Considerations.”

Here are the first few paragraphs of the article and the link that will take you to the complete column published on the Physicians Practice website (complimentary account may be required for access).

With 2014 just around the corner, you’re likely on your way toward completing your practice’s budget for the upcoming year.

Windows XP End of Support: 5 Steps to Take to Protect Your Practice

PriorityOne Group’s President & CEO Nelson Gomes and Enterprise Account Executive Jason Romer have contributed a new article to Physicians Practice. The article is titled “Windows XP End of Support: 5 Steps to Take to Protect Your Practice.”

Here are the first few paragraphs of the article and the link that will take you to the complete column published on the Physicians Practice website (complimentary account may be required for access).

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Complying With New Business Associate HIPAA Rules: 4 Changes to Know

PriorityOne Group’s President & CEO Nelson Gomes has contributed a new article to Physicians Practice. The article is titled “Complying With New Business Associate HIPAA Rules: 4 Changes to Know.”

Here are the first three paragraphs of the article and the link that will take you to the complete column published on the Physicians Practice website (complimentary account may be required for access).

When the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule went into effect in March 2013, one of the most significant changes to HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules involved “business associate” (BA) agreements, and the rules that govern the relationship practices have with BAs.

Failure to properly follow these new rules governing agreements with BAs can lead to substantial penalties that have the potential to ruin a medical practice’s reputation and cripple it financially.

When Your Systems Crash

Preserve your ASC’s critical business functions in the face of an IT disaster. By Nelson Gomes

From an information technology (IT) perspective, a disaster – regardless of the cause – is anything that causes an interruption of IT services, harms critical business processes and diminishes or destroys normal data processing capabilities.