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IT Infrastructure company Peak 10 shares results of its 2nd National IT Trends in Healthcare study on the topics of compliance, IT outsourcing and cloud security

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – National IT infrastructure and cloud services provider Peak 10 revealed today in its 2nd National IT Trends in Healthcare study, that healthcare CIOs are under pressure to keep up with rapid advancements in interoperability, big data and security challenges.  Peak 10, which published its inaugural National IT Trends in Healthcare study last year, surveyed another 157 C-level executives and information technology professionals across the U.S. again this year.  The study delivers unique insights based on data that illustrate industry challenges and provides a window into the future of the healthcare industry.  Among these, the study shows that hospital groups are moving to outsource IT functions; adopt SaaS and cloud-based solutions; implement telemedicine portals; and rely on analytics and big data to accommodate the rapidly growing analyst-based workforce.

“Technology is changing at a rapid rate and while it is making patient’s lives easier, it is also increasing the amount of information that is at risk of falling into the wrong hands,” says David Kidd, VP of governance, risk and compliance at Peak 10. “Although healthcare organizations have been cautious about moving to the cloud, they are now recognizing the benefits and security in the cloud. This allows for more time to be spent on patients and the organization’s core mission.”

Additional findings from the study include:

·         Now more than ever hospitals are seeing the benefits and efficiencies of moving towards outsourcing and trusting the cloud, cited by up to 50 percent increase in cloud services (IaaS)

·         Data privacy and security are still primary concerns due to recent ransomware attacks on hospitals according to 59 percent of respondents

·         IT budgets are expected to increase in the next 12 months according to 67 percent of healthcare IT leaders

·         Some of the top initiatives that CIOs and IT leaders at healthcare organizations are concerned with, include hardware and software upgrades, EHR systems, analytics and big data initiatives, patient portals and leveraging IT to manage their population health initiatives

·         The main challenges they face are system interoperability issues, meeting security and compliance, and balancing their human capital resources to meet regulatory and business requirements

As the role of information technology in healthcare rapidly evolves, sound technology infrastructures allow organizations to become more efficient but also recognize the barriers they face in protecting patient data and meeting government regulations. In addition to other healthcare IT content and resources from Peak 10, the complete, complimentary research findings from The Peak 10 2nd National IT Trends in Healthcare study can be downloaded exclusively here: http://bit.ly/1V6FAD7.  

“It’s important to Peak 10 to stay ahead of the trends in the Healthcare IT industry and be able to support where needed,” says Christina Kyriazi, product marketing and analytics manager at Peak 10. “By researching and completing studies, such as the National IT Trends in Healthcare study, we are gaining insights to provide the best service for our customers and their staff.”

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Peak 10 is one of the largest healthcare cloud providers in the U.S. based on the number of signed business associate agreements (BAAs). It operates 27 data centers and serves a diverse range of customers in the U.S. and abroad.  To learn more, visit www.peak10.com.

About The Peak 10 National IT Trends in Healthcare study

Peak 10 conducted The Peak 10 National IT Trends in Healthcare study in March 2016 by interviewing 157 IT decision makers across the U.S. A follow-up series of in-depth, one-on-one qualitative phone interviews was conducted with a subset of respondents. The results reflect current market conditions and healthcare IT market trends for the next two years as evidenced by statistics on data privacy and security breaches from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services(HHS).

About Peak 10

Peak 10 provides reliable, tailored data center and network services, cloud and managed services. Its solutions are flexible and designed to scale and adapt to customers’ changing business needs, enabling them to lower costs, improve performance and focus internal IT resources on their core competencies. Peak 10 undergoes annual examinations by third party auditors and helps companies meet the compliance requirements of various regulatory and industry standards such as SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3, HIPAA, PCI DSS, FISMA, ISO 27001 and ITAR. For more information, visit www.peak10.com or the Peak 10 Newsroom for the latest news.

During Business Continuity Awareness Week 2016, RockDove Solutions Offers Tips for Streamlining Accessibility to Business Continuity Plans, Including its Recent Work with Fluidmaster

HERNDON, Va. – Just in time for Business Continuity Awareness Week 2016, May 16-20, RockDove Solutions announced that Fluidmaster, the industry leader in toilet valve technology and repair products, is using its crisis management solution, In Case of Crisis, to mobilize Fluidmaster’s business continuity and emergency response plans and turn them into digital playbooks.

Fluidmaster has two plans available via the In Case of Crisis app: a business continuity plan for its incident management team who were previously using flash drives and binders, and a general emergency response plan for every worker in its headquarters. By making these plans more accessible and actionable, the In Case of Crisis app is helping to strengthen Fluidmaster’s resiliency during any crisis.

“Our incident management team has embraced In Case of Crisis due to its quick ability to view organizational recovery plans on any mobile device and even when Wi-Fi is not available,” said Deborah Wright, senior program coordinator of Fluidmaster. “Employees might not be able to get a signal on their phones – a real concern in earthquake-prone California – but with the mobile app they won’t need one since business continuity plans will already be at their fingertips.”

During Business Continuity Awareness Week 2016, RockDove Solutions is offering organizations the following business continuity best practices:

  1. Increase accessibility to plans -- Organizations should use mobile technology so business continuity plans are available to all important internal and external stakeholders and employees on their smartphones or tablets at all times. This empowers them to perform their emergency response tactics sooner, which leads to a faster recovery.
  2. Update your plans frequently – Sharing the most up-to-date recovery plans and procedures is crucial for achieving optimal business resilience. With new threats emerging every day, from weather emergencies to cyber attacks, a mobile app can help you quickly distribute updated plans to make sure everyone is prepared to respond to a crisis and get back to normal business as soon as possible. 
  3. Communicate in real-time – Digitizing business continuity plans allows organizations to push real-time updates and alerts to relevant stakeholders and employees even if they are out of the office, which can help to prevent dangerous delays in your business’ recovery.
  4. Practice your plans – Recovery begins when a crisis starts, so it is important to be confident in your business continuity plans. Take time to run through drills with all stakeholders to make sure they can react quickly and decisively and to ensure there are no potential gaps or vulnerabilities within plans.

 For more, visit www.rockdovesolutions.com.

About RockDove Solutions

RockDove Solutions, developer of the adaptable mobile crisis management solution In Case of Crisis, helps organizations turns their crisis management, business continuity, emergency preparedness, and workplace safety plans into accessible and actionable digital playbooks. Serving hundreds of public and private institutions, in the rapidly growing enterprise mobile marketplace, the company’s award-winning, customizable crisis app prepares companies to quickly and effectively respond to crises. For more information, visit www.rockdovesolutions.com.

(TNS) - In a training exercise, the Frederick County Health Department practiced distributing medication to the public last week in a scenario in which thousands may have been exposed to aerosolized anthrax.

According to Barbara Rosvold, director of public health preparedness at the county health department, the drill went smoothly.

The practice scenario involved a widespread release of anthrax through the air, though the department did not specify a pretend source for the release.

In the scenario, the anthrax was detected by a sensor in Washington, D.C., necessitating an emergency action plan in the surrounding areas, Rosvold said.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/safety/County-distributes-sample-medication-in-anthrax-release-drill.html

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 00:00

HDD vs SSD – which lasts longer?

Many comparisons can be made between a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and a Solid State Drive (SSD); cost, speed, data storage capacity – there’s no end of areas to consider. However in this post, we’ll be looking specifically at the durability of HDDs and SSDs to assess if there is any difference in life expectancy between the two data storage types.

Physical failures

It’s important to firstly note that any life expectancy figures for HDDs and SSDs alike cannot be 100% guaranteed. These estimates assume manufacturer’s recommended environmental conditions and do not take into consideration extremes of temperature, humidity and physical mishandling. In fact, out of almost 2000 devices surveyed between January and March 2016, at least 30% had sustained some form of physical damage to cause the media to stop working and/or cause data loss.

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http://blog.krollontrack.co.uk/making-data-simple/hdd-vs-ssd-which-lasts-longer/

Moving security operations away from your security team? This may sound counterintuitive, but it’s something that we see happening more and more. Nimmy Reichenberg explains why this is happening and highlights the advantages of the approach.

Escalating security requirements, the growing risks of breaches and outages, and the shortage of skilled and experienced security staff is forcing businesses to find new ways to make more efficient use of their security specialists. As a result, organizations are directing their security teams to focus on protecting the network from external and internal threats, and increasingly handing over operational tasks to other areas of IT.

I see this as a positive development. However, for this transition to be successful, there are certain processes and conditions that need to be in place first.

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http://www.continuitycentral.com/index.php/news/technology/1114-why-you-should-move-security-away-from-security