HIPAA Security Partnership Announcement

We are pleased to announce significant upgrades which further enhance the Artichoke data security and infrastructure for our subscribers and their clients.  To accomplish this we have partnered with data security compliance experts, ClearData. Our HIPAA Data Security Partner: Artichoke has partnered with industry leader, ClearData to ensure that the highest applicable standards of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act) compliance are met.  Even if you’re unsure about the application of HIPAA to your business, it should be comforting to know that your client data will be so secure that it meets this very demanding set of standards set for the protection of personal health information. (PHI)  (Applicable in The United States) The ClearDATA platform is designed for today’s and future healthcare and life sciences compliance’s needs. The ClearDATA Managed Cloud protects sensitive healthcare data using purpose-built Compliance Safeguards, DevOps Automation, and Healthcare Expertise. ClearData solutions solve the three fundamental challenges in Healthcare and Life Sciences:
  • Securing and protecting sensitive data
  • Deploying Automation for speed and agility
  • Interpreting healthcare and life sciences for the cloud
ClearData is the only healthcare exclusive cloud provider with unmatched healthcare expertise.
  • HITRUST Certified, the healthcare industry’s gold standard for measuring compliance and security.
  • HIPAA compliant, backed by the industry’s most comprehensive BAA.
  • Advanced PHI security, protecting your patient’s privacy and your reputation.
  • 24/7 “healthcare critical” support, skilled support technicians providing rapid resolutions.
  More on our data security: Yes. Artichoke has been architected using security standards that make it very difficult to gain access to any usable data. This is explained in more detail below. Data Encryption: Encryption basically means that if anyone were to gain access to your data, it would be unusable because it is jumbled without the key required to organize it all. With Artichoke, your data is encrypted “at rest” and “in transit.” “At rest” refers to data that is not in use and “in transit” refers to data actively being called upon and in use. Artichoke uses an SSL protocol for the data “in transit” which is on the list of approved protocols by HIPAA. NOTE: It is never safe to email or text personal health information on any device using any software. Cloud Storage vs Local Storage: Most data security breaches don’t involve highly skilled hackers accessing complex databases. There are far more examples of fines that resulted from handwritten client notes and laptop computers with data stored on local hard drives, falling into the wrong hands. For this reason, cloud-based software with the proper security credentials provides a higher level of protection than a manilla folder, serial notebook, or single computer with locally stored files. Artichoke is a cloud-based solution which requires security credentials (which you create) to access. If you lose your phone, tablet, or laptop, no problem. You can access your data from any connected device. However, anyone else that finds or tries to use your lost device will not have access to your Artichoke account without your credentials. Since NO CLIENT DATA IS STORED LOCALLY ON THE DEVICE using Artichoke, a lost device is an inconvenience but not a huge liability.  using security standards that make it very difficult to gain access to any usable data. This is explained in more detail below. Still not using Artichoke to love your business and keep your client data safe?  Try it free now.  

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InvestMaryland Challenge Finale Awards

Last evening, we attended the InvestMaryland Challenge Finale event where we were honored as a semi-finalist in the Information Technology category. More than 260 startups from across the nation applied to be a part of the program and just 41 companies advanced to the semi-finals. The evening featured remarks from Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and an awards ceremony recognizing innovation in four categories. Artichoke Mobile Client Management was please to receive two awards worth more than $50,000. Read more

What can you learn from a sixth grader?

kids on ipad Attending a school function on technology yesterday evening it become apparent that there is much to be learned from a 6th grader.  The presenter started displaying icons one at a time requesting that the audience of parents and their 6th graders shout out the company names.  The famous white “f” on a blue background got the expected roar of FACEBOOK.  Following was the full participation of the parents and kids when seeing the universally recognized “t” for twitter.  The list went on to include many well recognized platforms with million of users.  However, as the presenter got farther down the list and presented an icon with a white ghost on a yellow background, only the voices of 6th graders were heard saying “SNAPCHAT!”  The white “V” on a green background also drew the “VINE” response almost exclusively from the 6th audience as parents looked on scratching their heads. Read more