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The VM Racks Story

19Feb 2019
By vmradmin, VM Racks

(The following is a transcription of a podcast produced by CloudBerry, where each week Doug Hazelman talks to different managed service providers about their business)

Doug: Hello and welcome to the MSP Voice Webinar series. Today I’m pleased to be joined by Gil Vidals, from VM Racks, and he’ll be talking about their HIPAA compliant cloud. So Gil, why don’t you go ahead and take it away.

Gil: Alright Doug, thanks for inviting me. I’m looking forward to talking about my passion. You’re looking at a picture of a guy (who’s not me – but looks just like…

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HIPAA and HIPPOCRATES

19Feb 2019
By vmradmin, VM Racks

The Department of Justice recently charged a physician for violating HIPAA Rules, after he permitted a sales representative from a major pharmaceuticals company to access the confidential health information of his patients – without their consent.

The motive, as usual, was greed. If particular patients could be targeted for the new drug, the pharmaceutical company as well as the doctor stood to gain.

The result? The pharmaceuticals company pleaded guilty, and was fined $35 million; the doctor also pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to 6 months probation with a fine.

Now, whether the physician should have actually lost his license or…

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When an employee saw an “urgent” email from her boss

19Feb 2019
By vmradmin, VM Racks

…requesting that she purchase $1,000 worth of Google Play gift cards to give to company clients, she wasted no time. “In hindsight, I should have been like, ‘This is weird,’ but your boss asks you to do something and you do it,” said Kari Hornfeldt, a Chicago marketing professional.

When the company credit card didn’t process, Kari purchased the cards using her own debit card, trusting the company would reimburse her. It turns out, the company knew nothing about it.

Kari and her company soon discovered they’d been scammed, by an increasingly common (and surprisingly effective)…

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So you’ve developed a nifty new app for healthcare, and need it secured for HIPAA compliance? Perfect, we can help

26Jan 2019
By Stephen Trout, VM Racks

But realize, that’s only a start. Consider the reality: a 7-year study conducted by researchers from Michigan State and Johns Hopkins University found that approximately 53% of all data breaches reported to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) were actually the result of internal negligence.

Reasons for these data breaches might include:

  • theft of data by current or former employees
  • poor password policies
  • careless use of laptops or mobile devices
  • stolen hard drives (from the workplace, or employee’s cars or homes) with unencrypted data
  • email phishing scams, etc.

All of which to say that when an HIPAA auditor comes…

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Examining Your Social Media Policies for HIPAA Compliance

18Jan 2019
By vmradmin, VM Racks

With over 2.8 billion users worldwide – over a third of the world’s population – social media is fast changing the way we communicate. In the U.S. alone, the percentage of adults using some form of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or LinkedIn, has risen dramatically, from 8% in 2005 to nearly 70% in 2018.

Increasingly, healthcare workers and their patients are among those realizing the benefits: sharing articles on the latest medical research, networking and making referrals, marketing their practices to new and existing clients, and even communicating directly with patients about their care.

Staying Compliant with…

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Reduce your stress at work, improve your performance, and contribute to your (and your company’s) overall health.

18Jan 2019
By vmradmin, VM Racks

Studies show that as little as 10 minutes of exercise during your work day can help you de-stress, re-focus, and even boost your brainpower. It might be a vigorous lunch time walk – or even a quick game of ping-pong like we do at VM Racks. Physical activity helps you unwind, releases endorphins, and even provides some fun in the midst of an often sedentary day filled with mental calculations and multi-tasking.

Here’s some other great ways to reduce your stress:

  • Enjoy some nature (rather than an electronic screen). Getting outside broadens your horizons (literally) so you don’t…

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Will your company be impacted by GDPR?

17Jan 2019
By vmradmin, VM Racks

Four years after its adoption by the European Parliament, the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) – a set of compliance requirements designed to give individuals greater control over their personal data in an increasingly digital economy- finally went into effect on May 25, 2018.

GDPR’s overall scope is broad, impacting all personal data (ie, any data that can be used to directly or indirectly identify a living person, including genetic, psychological, cultural, religious and/or socioeconomic).

GDPR’s Global Reach
Among its many reforms, GDPR also seeks to protect sensitive patient data (protected health information, PHI) by ensuring it is collected…

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What’s all the Hype about Kubernetes?

17Jan 2019
By vmradmin, VM Racks

The claim: Kubernetes takes traditional infrastructure deployments to the next level…

Kubernetes, or “K8s” as its popularly known, comes from a Greek word meaning “pilot,” or “helmsman.” Based on the original, internal Google code used to run their search, ads, and apps (and geekily named after the Star Trek: Voyager Borg drone known as ‘Seven of Nine’), it purports to warp infrastructure automation into new frontiers of efficiency and scalability. We asked Gil Vidals, David Breise, and Rick Montezuma of VM Racks to explain – on a practical level – what the hype is all about.

What is Kubernetes, or K8s?

David:

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Public or Private? What Google Cloud Infrastructure (Plus Managed Services) Offers over Private Hosting

17Jan 2019
By vmradmin, VM Racks

The numbers are in …

More and more, companies are migrating to the public cloud. In fact, a recent survey of over 200 IT managers revealed that 84% have opted for using public cloud infrastructure over corporate data centers. Of those, 49% are utilizing the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). (Interestingly, the hybrid cloud is also becoming part of the conversation for the tech giant, but that’s another article).

The primary drivers to the public cloud, and GCP in particular, include: security, cost-efficiency, instant scalability, greater speeds, and higher availability. Let’s look at what GCP has…

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Choosing the Right Type of Encryption for HIPAA Data

17Jan 2019
By vmradmin, VM Racks

Protecting your Patient’s Privacy…

It’s a necessity, especially for sensitive data like protected health information (PHI). HIPAA regulations require it. Today, most providers realize that encryption is the technique of choice; however, this seems to be the extent of most people’s knowledge.

If you are a manager, or involved in projects involving patient information in electronic health records (EHR), then it behooves you to know at least the basics of encryption, as well as where and when should it be applied.

There are two types of encryption that are commonly used to encrypt PHI data:

1. Symmetric, (or “secret key”) Cryptography
2. Asymmetric,…
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