Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Why Healthcare Data Breaches Are So Lucrative

Back in April, 2014, the FBI issued a Private Industry Notification (PIN) warning the healthcare sector that its vulnerability to attack remains high, primarily because it is a lucrative target for criminals. Why are healthcare data breaches so lucrative?

A Reuters report on the FBI PIN
indicates numerous reasons:
  • Healthcare data breaches are typically not detected as quickly as other data breaches (such as payment card information), and criminals have more time to use the data for profit. ($20 for health insurance credentials vs. $1 to $2 for US credit card numbers.)
  • Criminals can use medical records to impersonate patients with diseases and obtain prescriptions for controlled substances.
  • Identity theft and financial fraud are more complex, but very common, and very lucrative.

Clearly, it is essential that healthcare data breaches be top-of-mind for BI platform managers in the healthcare sector. They must do what they can to lower risk of data breaches occurring, to detect such breaches as quickly as possible, and to mitigate the damage done.

In an upcoming webinar, we will be exploring some of the ways you can mitigate the risks associated with breaches through proactive BI platform management, especially with regard to EHR integration considerations:

You can also access recordings of earlier Healthcare BI webinars at the APOS website.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Governance, Risk Management, Compliance in Healthcare - Whose Information Is It, Anyway?

Forrester's Nick Hayes recently posted a summary of a new Forrester report, Dissecting Global Risk Perceptions and the Effects of Customer Obsession. In his summary, he writes of a shift in the perception of governance, risk management, and compliance that is occurring in "customer-obsessed" organizations -- organizations that take the need to improve customer experience seriously.

This new-found interest in the security of customer information is really a case of self-interest aligning with customer interest. We see it in the healthcare industry, where HIPAA compliance is forcing BI practitioners to focus more and more on the flow of patient information through their BI environments. Patient privacy is paramount, because, let's be clear, it's not your information, it's their information. Your enterprise is entrusted with that information in order to provide the services for which your are contracted.

We'll be looking at some of the factors BI practitioners need to account for in our upcoming healthcare-focused webinar on EHR integration considerations. This webinar is the third installment in a series of webinars on BI best practices in the healthcare sector. In case you missed the earlier installments, you can review the recorded webinars here.

APOS Storage Center Now Includes LCMBIAR Backup & Selective Restore Capabilities

The latest update to APOS Storage Center for SAP BusinessObjects 4.1 includes some great new features and improvements.

For example, you can now use the familiar SAP LCMBIAR file technology to back up your standard, system and application objects. You also have the option to include object level security in your LCMBIAR backups. However, unlike the standard SAP LCMBIAR method, the APOS Storage Center LCMBIAR backup method allows you to restore objects selectively. It also overcomes any volume limitations you may have experienced in LCMBIAR backup and restore operations.

The latest version of APOS Storage Center also includes:
  • Backup and restore of other information object types such as Xcelsius, Office Documents, Infospaces
  • Archive/backup and restore of instances using LCMBIAR method
  • Ability to restore original creation date and original update date for instances
  • Rollback for any backup that uses the LCMBIAR method

Talk to your account manager to find out how you can benefit from these new APOS Storage Center features.