Dapasoft Wins 2019 Microsoft Application Innovation In Healthcare IMPACT Award

Dapasoft Wins 2019 Microsoft Application Innovation In Healthcare IMPACT Award

Dapasoft has been announced as the winner of the Microsoft Application Innovation In Healthcare at Impact Awards 2019. Microsoft Canada hosts the IMPACT Awards to celebrate innovation in technology recognizing the outstanding work its partners to deliver virtually seamless solutions to customers based on Microsoft technologies. Microsoft enjoys the largest partner ecosystem in the industry, with over 14,000 partners across Canada.

At the awards ceremony Kevin Peesker, President of Microsoft Canada, noted that the IMPACT Awards showcase the excellence and innovation within the partner community. Each of these partners play an integral role in unlocking new opportunities for Canadian companies, while Microsoft is committed to helping their partner ecosystem build profitable businesses and successfully take their solutions to market.

Microsoft Canada presented the award on July 14, 2019 at the Microsoft Inspire conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. All the winners were selected based on the outstanding work they provided to their customers and community.

Dapasoft is helping bring to life the vision to drive value-based care and help large providers move to predictive, personalized and preventive care. The most agile healthcare organizations are looking to bridge old and new technologies and Dapasoft is easing this transition with its innovative cloud solutions. Be it integration with existing IT architectures, or implementing solutions with built-in security features, we are proud to partner with Microsoft and provide a platform that supports hybrid environment with a fast route to the cloud.

How eHealth is Making Primary Care More Efficient and Patient-focused

How eHealth is Making Primary Care More Efficient and Patient-focused

Today, clinicians and administrators are surrounded by digital offerings designed to improve patient experience and clinic efficiency. While healthcare delivery has been disrupted by many eHealth and digital initiatives, it’s widely acknowledged that carefully-planned digital transformation can help make primary care more efficient and patient-focused. Here is how eHealth applications are making the right impact and pushing the needle in the primary care arena:

Online appointment booking

Optimizing a clinician’s schedule is a major priority at any primary care site. Online appointment bookings, therefore, offer patients the ease of booking their own time slots as per their own convenience. Patients can now search for their doctor’s availability on their devices which significantly reduces the inbound call volumes for clinic administrators. Apart from appointment bookings, most online solutions also provide automated appointment reminders along with cancellation and rescheduling functionalities. These solutions, therefore, help reduce patient no-shows, which leads to better handling of clinicians’ schedule.

Virtual Care

Virtual care refers to the ability of the clinic staff to offer one-on-one interactions without the patient physically present at the clinic. Be it a prescription renewal or a lab test, virtual care is providing patients the freedom to skip their appointments by opting for real-time virtual care. This not only increases the productivity of the primary care clinic but also allows the physicians to spend more time on complex cases which require their urgent attention. Today, mobile video along with text and voice messaging is used by many eHealth solutions to deliver virtual care.

Access to personal health records

Many virtual care mobile applications now provide the patients access to their own health records. Since virtual and in-clinic patient experiences are integrated, there’s no mismatch between the continuity and transition of health care records. With the ever growing demands from regulatory bodies to make access to patients’ data seamless and easy, eHealth applications are playing an important role in opening access to health data and making the process more transparent.

Care collaboration through new tools

Collaboration applications are an important aspect of eHealth initiatives. Since most EHR solutions are too complex for most physicians, platforms such as Microsoft Teams are making life easier for them. One such solution is Dapasoft’s ‘Corolar FHIR Server for Teams’. This solution brings clinical EHR data, in HL7 format, into Teams in FHIR format for efficient care coordination.  Thus, it enables clinicians at adopting provider facilities to leverage the incredible collaborative capability of Teams while easily accessing clinical data from EHR systems like MEDITECH, Epic, Cerner, etc. using FHIR APIs.

How FHIR Standards Are Defining The Future Of Health Data Interoperability

How FHIR Standards Are Defining The Future Of Health Data Interoperability

Health data interoperability has been one of the biggest talking points for the healthcare industry in 2019. As providers, vendors, and developers navigate the murky waters of incoherent data standards, the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource standards or FHIR standards have been helpful in enabling seamless, on-demand information exchange.

Recently, CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) came up with a proposal outlining the future approach to information blocking, the use of FHIR, and the role of APIs in interoperability. While the healthcare industry had been using the FHIR standard on a voluntary basis for some time, the proposed guidelines by ONC (Office of the National Coordinator) have made FHIR the required standard for development. Going forward, the standardization of FHIR will be critical for health IT teams to meet the obligations as 2015 Edition Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) vendors.

Why FHIR?

The FHIR standard helps build a set of resources which aim to define the information contents and structure for the core information set which is shared amongst disparate systems.

“FHIR resources can be used to build documents that represent a composition: a set of coherent information that is a statement of healthcare information, particularly including clinical observations and services,” HL7 says. “A document is an immutable set of resources with a fixed presentation that is authored and/or attested by humans, organizations and devices.”

A FHIR resource, therefore, can include metadata, text or different data elements to create clinical documents, accessible and usable by multiple disparate systems. With the release of FHIR R4, the developers will have the capability to offer normative content for the data standard, something that is critical to implement FHIR consistently and uniformly.

While the use of FHIR for CEHRT and the latest guidelines by ONC to establish FHIR as the standard of choice has really pushed the envelope for improving interoperability, a lot of healthcare providers still need handholding to venture into the complex world of health data standards.

Corolar CDR (Clinical Data Repository) through FHIR

Corolar CDR connects to any existing Integration Engine through a FHIR Server. It ingests both clinical and non clinical data into a data repository. Corolar CDR can easily run on premise as a Microsoft SQL instance or in the cloud as an instance of Azure SQL.

Corolar FHIR Server for Health Analytics

Corolar FHIR Server enables Healthcare Organizations to ingest clinical and non-clinical data from any existing Integration Engine, through a FHIR Server, into a CDR (Clinical Data Repository). Leveraging Microsoft Power BI, this data repository can be harnessed by Healthcare Organizations for Health Analytics (customized reporting and dashboards) and for Machine Learning, all of which results in better efficiency and outcomes for patients.

Corolar FHIR Server for Microsoft Teams

Corolar FHIR Server for Microsoft Teams is an HL7-FHIR compliant FHIR API integration solution. This Solution ingests clinical and non clinical data from any existing Integration Engine, through a FHIR Server. This solution brings clinical EHR data, in HL7 format, into Teams in FHIR format for efficient care coordination.  Thus, our solution enables clinicians at adopting provider facilities to leverage the incredible collaborative capability of Teams while easily accessing clinical data from EHR systems like MEDITECH, Epic, Cerner, etc. using FHIR APIs. Our solution makes it easy for Health IT to support clinician requests for secure, private, and easy to use collaboration scenarios.

Dapasoft’s Expertise In FHIR in the Cloud

Today, the most agile healthcare organisations are looking to bridge old and new technologies and Dapasoft’s cloud solutions are easing this transition. As your organization’s FHIR projects grow you can now be assured full support for FHIR STU3 standards on Microsoft Azure using Corolar Cloud. We provide LogicApps components native to Azure to handle FHIR requests, FHIR responses, HL7 to FHIR transformations, and FHIR ACK for healthcare enterprises.

Dapasoft and iSecurity Announce Business Combination Agreement

Agreement provides complementary capabilities to enhance and strengthen client offerings.

TORONTO, ON – March 5, 2019 – Dapasoft Inc., a leading provider of healthcare interoperability and custom cloud solutions, and iSecurity Inc., a leader in cybersecurity consulting, enterprise architecture, cloud infrastructure security and advanced threat detection managed services have agreed to merge to combine business strengths and complement each other’s technology offerings and expertise. Both companies will continue to operate individually in their respective areas of expertise. 

This move will benefit customers looking for a highly secure cloud integration platform and offer cybersecurity along with DevSecOps advisory and managed services to customers across multiple industry verticals. Together, Dapasoft and iSecurity will collaborate on evolving Dapasoft’s premier product, Corolar Cloud, and on developing a combined product strategy for future offerings.

“Healthcare is a highly regulated and complex vertical. The extended capabilities iSecurity brings to the table will benefit our customers as technology and compliance requirements continue to change,” said Michael Lonsway, President, Dapasoft. “Together we offer the industry a unique, full-service offering for healthcare integration, cloud migration, cloud infrastructure, cloud management, and cloud privacy and security solutions.”

Dapasoft and iSecurity will strengthen their portfolios and offerings by providing additional cybersecurity and DevSecOps services to North American healthcare providers and payers, while iSecurity continues to expand and serve clients across verticals including finance, critical infrastructure, retail, and healthcare.

“Joining with Dapasoft gives iSecurity and our customers the best of both worlds, extending our reach and bolstering our bench strength. The Dapasoft team provides access to expertise in cloud development and artificial intelligence, while we develop advanced threat detection solutions in cybersecurity,” said Kees Pouw, Partner, iSecurity. 

“Protection of information assets is a key concern for many organizations as the threat landscape evolves,” said Raheel Qureshi, Partner, iSecurity. “We’ve partnered with Dapasoft on many successful engagements already, and share a vision and a passion for providing exceptional expertise to our clients.”

About Dapasoft

Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Dapasoft is pioneering the future of healthcare apps and data interoperability. Dapasoft’s healthcare integration platform as a service (iPaaS) on Azure enables legacy health IT systems and independent SaaS apps to work together seamlessly, improving quality and cost of care. The platform has pre-built and highly customizable adapters ideal for easily building and quickly deploying custom healthcare integrations. Dapasoft is trusted by numerous healthcare providers, payors, and app developers across North America to power their businesses every day, integrating a wide variety of clinical, EHR, CRM, and health analytics systems. Dapasoft brings over 14 years of healthcare integration expertise on HL7, C-CDA, FHIR, focused on streamlining business processes quickly and cost-effectively in the cloud, on-premises, or a hybrid environment. www.dapasoft.com

About iSecurity

iSecurity specializes in providing privacy and security consulting as well as advisory services for clients across North America. Experts in cybersecurity, risk management, enterprise security architecture, critical infrastructure and engineering, product security, and security solution deployment serving multiple industry domains, the iSecurity team is comprised of senior and fully accredited (CISSP, CICA, CISM, SABSA) cybersecurity advisors with experience in multiple verticals including healthcare, transportation, defense and security, critical infrastructure, aerospace, retail, and media communications. www.isecurityconsulting.com

Media contact:
Jijesh Devan, Dapasoft
416-846-4080 x 1070
jdevan@dapasoft.com

How a Misconfigured Server Exposed Health Data of 974,000 Patients at UW Medicine

How a Misconfigured Server Exposed Health Data of 974,000 Patients at UW Medicine

Server mis-configuration is turning to a key vulnerability leading to PHI breaches.  In a major health data leak, the University of Washington Medicine disclosed that data related to 974,000 patients was left exposed on the internet for three weeks because of a misconfigured server. This is the latest instance of patient data privacy at risk due to improper use of healthcare systems.

The breach came to light when one of the patients found a file with their own data while searching for their name on Google. The matter was brought to the attention of UW Medicine after which an internal investigation was carried out. It was later found that protected health information reporting files were visible by search on the internet from Dec. 4, 2018.

The misconfiguration occurred because of a coding error when data was being moved onto a new server. The files, according to UW Medicine, ‘contained patients’ names, medical record numbers, and a description and purpose of the information. The files did not contain any medical records, patient financial information or Social Security numbers.’ However, for some patients, the files did include the names of lab tests but not the results.

The breach was discovered on 26th Dec and UW Medicine took steps to remove the information from their site and any other third-party sites which might have saved the information related to patient data.

“Because Google had saved some of the files before December 26, 2018, UW Medicine worked with Google to remove the saved versions and prevent them from showing up in search results,” officials said in a statement. “All saved files were completely removed from Google’s servers by Jan. 10, 2019.”

It must be noted that this is the second instance of data breach at UW Medicine. Back in 2013, social security numbers and medical data of 90,000 patients became vulnerable when an employee opened an attachment containing malware. At that time, the provider paid almost $750,000 over the breach with an assessment to address patient data risks and vulnerabilities.

This time around UW Medicine officials have said that they will be reviewing their protocols and procedures to prevent such similar breaches in the future. For now, the breach has been reported with the Office for Civil Rights.

Server mis-configuration such as the one at UW is likely to overtake ‘phishing’ as a top source of breached data according to the Chief Security Officer at Box and current partner at Andreessen Horowitz Joel de la Garza.

A prime example of other instances such as UW medicine is the server security mishap at Rubrik, an enterprise software company focused on cloud data management. There, a misconfigured AWS Elasticsearch server led to private data exposure of major customers of Rubrik.

In a high-risk environment, organisations need to be wary of data leaks such as these. And while it’s safe to assume that this trend is poised to continue, the need of the hour is to educate the IT teams and staff about cybersecurity, data privacy, and data integrity.

Source: UW Medicine/Newsroom