Strategic Informatics

A blog about the strategic application of technology


2009 Data Breach Investigations Report

It is difficult to live the life of a security officer knowing that you are simply managing risk and constantly trying to stay ahead of some of the brightest minds in the world.  One of the many things that keeps me awake at night is the security of our data which is job one throughout all layers of IT in our organization from network, infrastructure, informatics, and application development.  To get to this point requires a lot of planning and collaboration between all areas of IT and the individuals who utilize those resources.

Source:  Verizon

Malware has become a very serious threat so limiting access to online resources has almost become a necessity as the 2008 report from Verizon mentioned that more than one-third of all cases investigated were malware related contributed to nine out of ten of all records breached.  Security requires a vigilent and proactive approach.  With CMS guidelines for payers becoming more strigent the risk to business is much more pronounced requiring security to become an important part of an organizations strategic initiatives.  You can check out the story here or download a PDF version of the report here.


20 Disturbing Facts on US Healthcare Everybody Should Know

In the current economic climate, rising health care costs are scarier than ever. This list sheds light on the 20 most disturbing facts about US health care that everyone should know and most people probably don’t.

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Motion Computing Brings New Upgrades To Their Tablet PC’s

It has been a while since Motion Computing updated their slate style Tablet PC’s.  Since then Panasonic has creatively borrowed the unique and “healthcare oriented” design to their line of rugged devices also targeted at healthcare professionals.  The new upgrades include a new black exterior and more interesting outside of aesthetics are the support for Verizon Wireless’ EV-DO network and built in 802.11 a/g/n network connectivity.  The Core 2 Duo CPU is a nice bump in performace but I will wait for the real-world affect on battery performance before making a determination if this is a worthy upgrade.   I’m sure to get a hands on at HIMSS next week with both Panasonics new entry as well as Motion’s upgraded slate PC’s.