Google removes a barrier to Google Apps adoption by offering to sign BAA for organizations that need to comply with HIPAA.
Hopefully healthcare entities will proceed with caution in handling Google’s recent announcement to comply with healthcare requirements.
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Is this enough for Healthcare to trust Google?
Great Graphic from the NY Times on the Rise & Fall of the Original Smartphone (BlackBerry)
Excellent post from Marc Scott on the current state of computer knowledge amongst kids and adults.
Mobile has killed technical competence. We now all carry around computers that pretend to be mobile phones or tablets. Most people don’t even think of their phone as a computer.
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The truth is, kids can’t use general purpose computers, and neither can most of the adults I know.
Visual Representation of Internet Based Conversations
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Most folks that stay apprised with technology are aware that Windows XP goes to end of life in April 2014. However, in healthcare it appears that vendors and some support entities have buried their head in the sand about this looming date. Only time will tell ,but there is a good potential that healthcare organizations will get hit with a double whammy next year.
The Potential Virus
In a recent article from Computer World, “XP’s retirement will be hacker heaven”, Gregg Keizer lays out a pretty fair scenario for organizations that remain on Microsoft’s decade old operating system.
Because Microsoft will stop patching XP, hackers will hold zero-days they uncover between now and April, then sell them to criminals or loose them themselves on unprotected PCs after the deadline.
One of the requirements of the recent healthcare reform is the ability to adhere to HIPAA compliance by being able to protect patient records. If a healthcare stays on Windows XP and exploit is found which provides intruders access to patient records then all the work for meaningful use may go down the drain. There is a good article on physicianpractice.com, Growing HIPAA Threat – Ignore Windows XP at Your Own Peril , that explains in greater detail.
Maybe a Tripple Whammy
If for some reason a healthcare entity stays on Windows XP and doesn’t pay for extended support they could end up suffering on all 3 fronts. They could get hit by a virus, denied reimbursement, then have to pay several million after the fact for extended Windows XP Support.
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Although there are some hidden costs (forthcoming post) for enterprises to implement Office 365, Microsoft continues to make their cloud Exchange service an attractive option.
The latest cloud mailboxes to receive a storage boost are for Exchange Online
and Office 365
, which will increase from 25 GB to 50 GB starting this Friday.
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Microsoft Continues to Make Office 365 an Attractive Service to Enterprises
This week Google & Motorola announced the Moto X that has some very interesting new features and in some cases a little “Freaky, to quote Robert Scoble”. in the linked article, Robert Scoble, paints what will most likely be the future of mobile computing over the next several years.
We’ll see a new kind of digital divide open over the next couple of years. Not a divide between people who can and can’t afford technology but a divide between people who are willing to go over the freaky line and those who aren’t.
via The Next Web & Robert Scoble
Are you ready for the future of mobile phones and there ability to service & track you?
Is this the future of mobile devices?