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Does SaaS encourage bad computing habits? A new study by Softchoice says that the use of Software-as-a-Service

(SaaS) applications for work can breed bad tech behavior, endangering the privacy and security of corporate data. “Careless Users in the Cloud (and what IT can do about it)” examines the offi ce technology habits of 1,000 full-time employees in the U.S. and Canada, specifi cally around IT compliance, password security and fi le transfer. Findings include: • More SaaS apps mean more passwords to remember (or disable): 36 percent of employees access fi ve or more SaaS apps on the job every day.

• Easy procurement of SaaS means users are circumventing IT to use them: 27 percent of SaaS users access work fi les through applications IT doesn’t know they have.

• Bad SaaS behaviors are more prevalent in younger employees: Twenty-somethings are three times more likely to keep pass- words on Post-it notes compared to baby boomers.

T e study also fi nds that while IT departments often take action when unsanctioned app use is detected, much of employees’ rogue app procurement still goes unnoticed. What’s a challenged IT department to do? Softchoice has these

suggestions: • Establish a company-wide password policy or single sign-on platform.

• Adopt a cloud-based collaboration solution, and tie in a BYOD strategy.

• Assess your IT environment, communicate risks of unsanc- tioned SaaS app use and consider an identity management solution.

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Patients can access test reports directly from lab

In February, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made it easier for patients (or a person designated by the patient) to gain direct access to completed laboratory test reports. While patients can continue to get access to their lab test reports from their doctors, new rules give patients the option to obtain their test reports directly from the laboratory while maintaining strong protections for patient privacy. T e fi nal rule is available for review at

SAFER Guides for safer EHRs A new set of guides and interactive tools available on aim

to help providers and health IT developers make EHR use safer. T e “Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience (SAFER) Guides” from the Offi ce of the National Coordinator (ONC) include checklists and recommended practices designed to help healthcare providers and the organizations that support them assess and optimize the safety and safe use of EHRs. T e release of the SAFER Guides marks an important milestone in the implementation of the HHS Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan, which was issued in July 2013. T e SAFER Guides complement existing health IT safety tools and research developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and ONC. Learn more at


The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2014 Annual Meeting, May 15-17, Long Beach, CA, is the only meeting dedicated solely to imaging informatics. Educational sessions, exhibit hall hours and networking opportunities provide dynamic interaction between practitioners and vendors. JUNE

ANI: The 2014 HFMA National Institute, June 22-25, Las Vegas, presents financial management how-to solutions for pressing challenges like reform, value, clinical transformation, accountable care and revenue cycles. HEALTH MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY March 2014 5

INFOGRAPHIC HIT trends for 2014

CDW provides a heads-up on the HIT trends and technology that will have a big impact this year on healthcare’s increasingly competitive and cost-conscious environment.

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