What You Need To Know About the New CPSO Continuity of Care

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Recently the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario made some important changes, which affect physicians in key areas. Some of these changes will have a significant impact on how each medical practice operates. Key areas include the following:

  • Availability and Coverage
  • Managing Tests
  • Transition in Care
  • Walk-in Clinics

For more information on how the new changes will affect your software, or office workflow, please call us at 416-800-3770 or email info@yescorp.ca.

Microsoft Windows

Time is Running out for Windows 7

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The end is near! It has been 10 years since the release of Windows 7. The Microsoft Windows Operating System that replaced the near death experience of Windows Vista. Technologies, cloud computing and hardware have continued to move forward. However, it seems that Microsoft simply made Windows 7 so solid that customers and businesses alike are reluctant to move to Windows 10. The birth and emergence of Windows 10 also had a similar near death experience, from its predecessor Windows 8. Like Vista, we try to forget Microsoft’s move into the trendy tablet age as they desperately tried to merge the handheld experience with the Windows desktop. Albeit with the introduction of Windows 10X and the new Surface line of computers it seems Microsoft simply needed to get it right the 2nd time.

But for those holding on the past, time is almost up. As of January 2020 Windows 7 will stop receiving monthly security updates from Microsoft. Officially Windows 7 will be unsupported after January. Large enterprises and companies can apply to Microsoft for extended support contracts, but it will cost. Large enterprises can of course apply for extended support contracts after January 2020, but these will cost at minimum $25 per device per year. With the onslaught of ransomware attacks in the healthcare industry unsupported systems will be easy targets for hackers after January 14, 2010.

Windows 10 and various other options have vastly improved over the past few years. So can you wait? The clear answer is, no. If you have not already made plans, the time to act is now.

ransomware

Another Warning for Healthcare – Ransomware Targets Ontario Hospitals

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We’ve said it before and some things, due to the urgency, are just worth repeating. Ransomware is growing and evolving around the world. This past week three hospitals in Ontario had a major ransomware outage. The malicious software malware called “Ryuk“, which looks to have first appeared back in 2018, caused a wide range system outage. The malware has the ability to encrypt network drives and systems; possibly disabling system restores and deleting shadow backup copies. The malware, created by the criminals, normally force the victim to pay a ransom to unlock files. The impact of an attack can be extensive. System failures could occur with email, software, network files and health records, causing massive delays and cancellations of appointments for patients. In addition to Ontario ransomware recently infected systems in Alabama.

https://www.msspalert.com/cybersecurity-breaches-and-attacks/ransomware/ryuk-attacks-3-hospitals/

Medical offices and hospitals are often the main target of these types of attacks. Criminals prefer these attacks because of the critical nature of patient medical records and data. Back in 2017 we talked about ransomware and the threat to the Healthcare industry.

https://www.yescorp.ca/2017/05/13/ransomware-is-threat-to-everyone-make-backups-a-daily-routine/

“Ransomware is malicious software that locks and encrypts your computer or computer files, demanding payment to get them back. It could affect all programs and files. Recently in news ransomware attacks took place at Norfork General Hospital in Simcoe, Presbyterian Medical in L.A and the Ottawa General Hospital. Specifically, in local news, at the Ottawa General Hospital various computers were hit with ransomware; encrypting information and making the data totally inaccessible to medical staff, without payment to criminals.” (2017, May 13).

hackerRemember police and law enforcement will never encourage victims to pay the ransom. Doing so may only encourage criminals to do it again.

Ransomware is difficult to fight, but you can follow best practices to keep yourself as safe as possible from attacks.

  • Train your employees and keep them informed about phishing attacks
  • Make sure your antivirus and malware protection is up to date
  • Keep your network and Operating System patches updated
  • Make sure you have a firewall and proper intrusion detection
  • Secure your passwords
  • Backup your data both locally and offsite
  • Limit Internet access to internal systems

There is so much more you can do, but the list above is a start. As mentioned before the possible ramifications of lost data is (1) no ability to track accounts receivables, (2) no cash flow the following month, (3) no schedule or patient data records. If you need information on protecting your EMR or medical software email us at info@yescorp.ca.

e-Consult

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Are you ready? It’s time to get e-Consult for your EMR!

Send requests and get a response from a Specialist. e-Consult provides approximately 89 specialty therapies for consultation across Ontario. The newly created eConsult feature will improve your overall workflow; allowing for seamless communication with colleagues in various specialties.

  • Auto-populate patient demographics
  • Communicate with healthcare practitioners regarding a patient’s status
  • Create, send and receive files directly in your EMR
  • Document information directly in the patient chart

Get timely access to specialists and help improve overall patient outcomes in Ontario. Call us for a free consultation at 416-800-3770.