Are you using an Insecure Password?

Security firm Imperva recently released a warning to users of popular social networking website RockYou indicating that their accounts and passwords may have been compromised. According to the firm, a hacker may have accessed an alarming 32 million accounts.

Phishing Alert for QuickBooks Customers

IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR QuickBooks Customers: Intuit is receiving reports of individuals receiving fraudulent emails from QuickBooks or QuickBooks Online. The two separate emails ask customers to either download a plug in to assess their security or download a Digital Certificate.

25 Meaningful Use Criteria

The government has released its long-awaited definition of meaningful use—in a lengthy proposed regulation entitled “ Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program .” As you probably know, health care professionals can receive incentive payments for implementing an electronic health record (EHR), but they must demonstrate meaningful use of the EHR. What that means, exactly, has been unclear until now.

A defining moment: Final meaningful use and certification definitions proposed

Two big announcements have been made in regard to electronic health records (EHRs). The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its draft definition of “meaningful use” , and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has issued an interim final rule on certification criteria . Meaningful use The meaningful use definition describes the proposed criteria for achieving meaningful use.

EMRs built with a balanced architecture

Why is it that doctors understand the benefits of adopting an electronic medical record (EMR), yet aren’t rushing to implement the technology? Cost is one factor, as is resistance to change—but the biggest reason, in our opinion, is that much of the available technology doesn’t match the way doctors think.

Overcoming obstacles to EHR implementation

The federal government is determined to see that every American has an electronic health record (EHR) by 2014—but many physicians are still wary of implementing one. While physicians generally recognize an EHR’s ability to improve patient care and reduce costs, they struggle with the financial and technical hurdles it takes to successfully implement one.

EHRs may increase physician drug safety reporting

As many physicians struggle with the financial and technical hurdles it takes to successfully implement an EHR, it’s easy to forget the reason the federal government is pushing for EHRs in the first place: improvement in health care. Case in point: A recent study shows physicians are more likely to report drug side effects through an EHR than they are through traditional paper reporting.

Do it right the first time when implementing an EHR

By now you’ve heard that implementing an electronic health record (EHR) early is key to success. Not only will you be able to take advantage of all federal financial incentives, you’ll also be up and running before the rush to implement likely hits in 2010 or 2011—and of course, you’ll receive all of the benefits of an EHR sooner.

Majority of firms struggle with security as new technologies are adopted

New research from the Ponemom Institute and Lumension , shows that a majority of firms are struggling to secure data as users quickly adopt new and emerging technologies such as mobile, cloud computing, and collaborative Web 2.0 technologies. The study, which surveyed IT security and IT operations practitioners, shows that many (44 percent) feel that their IT network is less secure than a year ago or that their IT security policies are insufficient in addressing the growing threats arising from the use of new technologies.