Ransomware often strikes and spreads through e-mail. In fact, there is a new rapidly spreading ransomware attack occuring that's referred to as Peyta Ransomware. This is a new variant of ransomware that was first seen over a year ago. Peyta ransomware not only encrypts files, but locks users out of computer systems as well, thus making the remediation of this threat much more difficult and time consuming. Be sure to take extra precaution when opening attachments and clicking on web links in your email as this variant of ransomware apears to be spreading via e-mail at this time.Read More
Karlie Van Soelen | Marketing
“Time equals money”
“Time equals money” is a phrase that business owners, entrepreneurs, healthcare leaders, and for the purposes of this blog, IT managers, can agree is true. Anyone who is in a position where they have to be a jack-of-all-trades finds himself or herself spending their days wearing many different hats. This is the nature of the IT department within a healthcare organization, and while expected, it isn’t always the best use of time and money to have generalists handling all aspects of IT.Read More
A lot has happened in healthcare over the last few years with technical innovations coming one after the other. Technology has now fully integrated itself within healthcare, becoming a day-to-day normality among providers.
For example, in 2009 only 16 percent of U.S. hospitals were using EHRs, according to Becker’s Healthcare. Now, more than 80 percent of all hospitals are using EHRs. Also, according to an Advisory Board survey, today 84 percent of providers use smart phones, 58 percent of hospitals are using mobile-optimized patient portals and 79 percent of U.S. health systems have WLANs (Wireless Local Area Networks).
Box Butte General Hospital (BBGH) is a 25-bed critical access hospital located in Alliance, Nebraska. BBGH started a building expansion project that would require replacing the entire network. Rather than relying on in-house staff to handle every element of the project, BBGH’s IT director, Mandy Greve, worked with ICE Technologies to execute the project.Read More
Pokémon GO hit over 15 million downloads in just one week since it’s release date on July 6. The augmented reality gaming app on Android & iPhone, is incentivizing interactions and movement for users to catch Pokémon in physical locations.
“Get on your feet and step outside to find and catch wild Pokémon,” says the Pokémon GO app description. “Explore cities and towns around where you live and even around the globe to capture as many Pokémon as you can.”
While this is getting kids (and adults) up and moving around while using technology, there are a few concerns to be aware of.Read More
ICE Technologies is continually seeking ways to help community healthcare providers drive real value from their IT investments. To that end, ICE is excited to announce a new partnership with ServiShare. ServiShare has a stated goal to help Iowa Hospitals find cost-effective, appropriate solutions to their operational challenges. Our goal through this partnership is to create economical and highly valuable services through collaboration, and in doing so, help Iowa hospitals solve their IT operational challenges.Read More
With 2015 coming to a close, we've put together an infographic reviewing some of the stats from 2015, "the year of the cyber attack." Because medical information is worth 10x more than credit card information, healthcare is going to continue to be a target. However, all hope is not lost. There are steps healthcare organizations can, and should, take to mitigate risk.