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Is Your Practice Hackable?

For scammers, it is 50 percent more valuable to steal medical information than social security information. How can you keep your patients’ sensitive information secure? Vanguard Communications Technical Director Jonathan Stanley discusses security threats to practices and how to safeguard data.

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Converting E-Powered Patients to YOUR Patients

Since the inception of smartphones, medical shows, blogs and third party websites, medical information has flooded the consumer market. Rather than a referral between physicians, marketing has become a dialogue amongst patients, friends, family and practitioners. This healthcare “Webolution” has created a new dynamic in medical marketing that has changed the way specialty practices operate.

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How to Get Good Online Patient Reviews Ethically

Not only do good reviews bode well for a practice’s online reputation; they also boost credibility in Google rankings. But is it unethical for a physician or practice to ask happy patients to post positive online reviews? I say absolutely not, as long as it’s done within certain guidelines.

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Heartbleed Hits Healthcare With Heaping Heartburn

Dealing with online security threats is much like treating rapidly mutating bacteria and viruses – new ones will always appear to defy conventional safeguards. Let’s look at some hard realities of the Heartbleed bug and then quickly move to signs of hope, as well as some insights on how to protect against it.

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Online Doctor Reviews: Woo ‘em, Screw ‘em, or Sue ‘em?

Should doctors think of patients as their customers? Is medicine a retail business? Are online doctor reviews so unfair they should be ignored? Such questions have set off a firestorm of responses from physicians nationwide on Medscape with the February 20 article, “Top Complaints Posted on Doc-Rating Websites.” To date, 75 Medscape readers have commented on the article.

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Healthcare Website Security & Foreign Hackers

In 2013 TIME named Pope Francis as Person of the Year. Had it been up to us, we would have selected the Internet hacker as POTY. Instead we invested tens of thousands of dollars in anti-hacking measures. Here are six big steps we took to safeguard the websites of health care providers.

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Electronic Health Records Security: Lessons From Target

Why should health care providers care about Target’s travails? Because the latest hacking news is more evidence of the mushrooming abundance of Internet hackers and of the vulnerably of digital patient information. Hacking is a worldwide growth industry for a reason. There’s a lot to steal on the Internet and plenty of places to steal it, both in storage and in transit.

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Content Still King in Healthcare

By now almost everyone has heard the phrase, “Content is king.” So who first uttered this aphorism? And when? And is it still true on the Internet?

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Seven Steps To Better Online Doctor Reviews

Many people are reluctant to try new restaurants or hotels without reading reviews first. And lately, more and more patients are checking online doctor reviews before choosing a doctor. What can you do about negative reviews that are affecting your reputation?