May 2020

January 2021

Fighting Viruses Virtually & Onsite: Hospitals pull out all the stops to protect patients and their data

Viruses. In breaking news and IT security briefs, they can’t be escaped. Particularly during 2020 and early 2021, when nurses and IT network professionals battled viruses on two fronts: electronically and physically.Rich in personal data, healthcare records fetch $1,000+ on the dark web.The coronavirus pandemic heightened the focus on equipment and facility sanitation, as well as makeshift treatment sites. For example, provisional wards in parking structures and pop-up negative pressure tents helped nurses treat COVID-19 patients while protecting general hospital populations.As healthcare professionals battled the virus on the front lines, their colleagues in IT toiled behind firewalls to prevent cybercriminals from utilizing electronic viruses to steal patient health data. In 2018, approximately 15 million patient records were hacked.In 2019, there were 510 incidents of security breaches involving at least more than 500 records at once.In all, 41,335,889 patient records were exposed in 2019—196% more than in 2018!It Was Yours — Now It’s MineStolen healthcare records are rich in personal information, such as Social Security numbers, wellness and mental health history, and addresses. This wealth of data allows them to command $1,000+ on the dark web. The records also enable extortion or long-term identity theft, including tax and home equity fraud that take victims years to correct (see HealthTech Magazine).The federal penalties for medical record breaches can be severe, with four tiers based on three factors: Level of breach awareness.Degree of preventive action taken.Measures taken following any prior breach incident (view article).Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare data attacks will likely rise once 2020’s data is reviewed. Given recent history, the likely culprits behind the...

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December 2020

CortexDecoder for Secure Epic Rover Data Collection

OverviewCortexDecoder within Epic Rover is a module used to decode barcodes including most 1D and 2D symbologies.  CortexDecoder is the fastest and most reliable decoder available to Epic customers. CortexDecoder does not store or transfer any data to any outside source for any reason—making it the most secure option available. Data StorageCortexDecoder does not contain any type of data storage or cache. When barcodes are scanned, it simply decodes the barcode and immediately sends the decoded data into the parent application (Epic Rover) for use. Once this data is passed to the parent application, it no longer resides within CortexDecoder. Data Transfer or CommunicationCortexDecoder does not transfer any data—at any point EVER—outside of the parent application (Epic Rover). The only data transfer allowed by CortexDecoder is the pass-through of the decoded data from CortexDecoder into the parent application (Epic Rover) so that the parent application may use the data.License ActivationEpic Rover enjoys a special license agreement with CortexDecoder which does not require any online activation or check-in to servers at any time. CortexDecoder never communicates with any internet servers at any time.AnalyticsCortexDecoder does not capture any analytics and therefore does not transfer any analytics data to outside servers.Internet AccessThere is never any attempt by CortexDecoder to access any internet servers for any reason at any time.

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November 2020

August 2020