Datica Company Blog Archives

June 25, 2019

Sansoro Health and Datica combine forces to support healthcare’s data-driven transformation to the cloud

To support delivery of better outcomes at lower cost, digital health solutions require patient data in the cloud. To directly address this industry need, Sansoro Health and Datica have merged.

April 17, 2019

Watch a live preview of Datica CCMS on April 24

Datica CCMS is now available in a limited release and the initial reviews are extremely positive. Join a live demo to see all the product can do for you.

April 2, 2019

What’s an Application Developer's Responsibility for HIPAA?

To get started down that road to HIPAA compliance, application developers first need to understand the basic categories of HIPAA controls and which ones apply to them.

March 25, 2019

Will the new 21st Century Cures Act rules make a difference?

Two new proposed rules by the ONC and CMS intend to clarify enforcement of the 21st Century Cures Act, also known as the Cures Act. Will they help?

March 12, 2019

Should I Build or Buy Compliance and Integrations in 2019?

What’s it cost to build vs buy both cloud compliance and EHR integration in 2019? Hundreds of thousands of dollars. Every. Year. Get the details and costs in this overview of Datica’s 2019 TCO guides.

March 7, 2019

Datica is cheering on our customers’ growth

We’re excited to share a few of the stories of immense growth through acquisitions we’ve seen in our customer base in recent months.

February 28, 2019

EHR Integration is the New Coolness

The healthcare world has shifted and EHR integration is the new cool thing that everybody, from small startup to Fortune 50 company, wants to be doing.

February 27, 2019

HIMSS 2019: A Sea Change

I came away from HIMSS 2019 with a very clear picture of where the health technology industry is headed, and it doesn’t look much like the past or present.

February 21, 2019

2019 Predictions: The Patient Context War

The demand for clinical data for both data-driven analytics and powering new workflows is fueled by the concept of adding “patient context” to digital products in 2019.

February 7, 2019

2019 Predictions: Hybrid-Cloud, not Multi-Cloud, is the Future

2019 will be the year cloud customers start to abandon the notion of multi-cloud and anchor on a hybrid-cloud future.

February 4, 2019

HIMSS 2019 Survival Guide

The HIMSS conference anchors the annual calendar in health IT. HIMSS 2019 largely represents the general mindshare in the health IT industry.

January 31, 2019

2019 Predictions: CSP Vertical Integration Marches On

In 2019, we will start to appreciate how the CSPs leverage their foundational role in enterprise IT to reach their tentacles vertically up the IT stack.

January 23, 2019

What is the cost of a HIPAA audit?

The cost of a HIPAA audit depends on audit type – HIPAA gap assessment, full HIPAA audit, or validated HITRUST assessment – and indirect costs like time.

January 23, 2019

What is the Cost of HITRUST CSF Certification in 2019?

The costs for a HITRUST Certification in 2019 have gone up as the HITRUST CSF has evolved and become more complex.

January 14, 2019

2019 Predictions: The Cloud = Noise, Noise, Noise

For the cloud buyer and the enterprise that just wants to get onto the cloud, 2019 will only see more optionality, point solutions, and ultimately noise.

December 14, 2018

The 2018 Hot List — What Healthcare Developers Were Reading

What were digital health developers and healthcare leaders reading to stay on top of their tech game in 2018? With 461,399 blog views, we have a pretty good idea.

December 4, 2018

The Datica book, "Complete Cloud Compliance", is now available!

If you are interested in making healthcare better by enabling the industry’s triple aim — lower costs, better outcomes, better experience — then this book it is for you.

December 3, 2018

AWS re:Invent re:Actions — Controlling risk is important, but confusing

Last week the Datica team visited Las Vegas for the annual AWS re:Invent conference. Here are a few observations from Datica’s point of view.

October 31, 2018

Data Driven Healthcare

Two months ago, six of the biggest tech companies in the world pledged support for FHIR to make healthcare data more interoperable and accessible.

October 29, 2018

EHRs in a Mobile First World

Considering EHRs eat up clinician time, clinicians are a mobile workforce, and nearly 100% have smartphones, lets reimagine clinical documentation to be mobile-first.

October 26, 2018

Compliance is a Team Sport

In this post-cloud world, with abstracted managed services from CSPs, the barriers between privacy, security, IT, and compliance have blended and they now have to work together as a team.

October 17, 2018

The HITRUST RightStart Program: An Accelerated Path for Startups to Prove Compliance

A review of the HITRUST RightStart Program that’s specifically built to make it easier and more economical for startups to achieve HITRUST CSF certification.

October 15, 2018

A recap of our recent talks about building a complete cloud compliance program

Over the course of two webinars, we broke down the foundational concepts of Datica’s evolved thinking of healthcare compliance on the public cloud.

October 11, 2018

AWS re:Invent Healthcare Developer's Conference Guide

Datica strives to make life a bit easier for healthcare developers, so we did the dirty work of pouring through the master list of thousands of AWS re:Invent sessions to pick our top 25.

October 9, 2018

The Internal ROI of HITRUST

As demonstrated in many ways here at Datica, there is a clear ROI with leveraging HITRUST as your anchoring compliance framework.

October 4, 2018

Configuring Popular Managed Database Services To Comply with HITRUST CSF

Whether you’re a Datica customer or not, you can take these new configuration guides, implement them across your fleet of cloud services, and have an audit-ready environment without paying a dime.

October 3, 2018

Announcing the Future of Cloud Compliance: The Datica Cloud Compliance Management System

We’re pleased to announce the Datica CCMS — our latest and most flexible product that has an eye on the future.

September 25, 2018

What Really Is Compliance? The Answer has Evolved

On Wednesday, September 26th, Datica will host a webinar that will dive into the topic of how healthcare compliance has evolved in the cloud era.

September 17, 2018

HITRUST 2018 — A Fantastic Event

HITRUST 2018 was different. Not evolutionarily different from previous years, but drastically different. HITRUST did a great job updating this conference into a fantastic event.

September 12, 2018

We wrote a book! Complete Cloud Compliance explains global compliance on the cloud

We wrote a book! Complete Cloud Compliance explains how Datica sees the future of global compliance on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

August 31, 2018

Where’s Datica? Our FALL 2018 Conference Lineup

Datica has an exciting Fall 2018 conference lineup and we hope to see you at one of these upcoming events: HITRUST 2018, Microsoft Ignite, or AWS re:Invent.

August 14, 2018

Welcome to a New and Improved Datica.com!

If you’ve visited datica.com over the past few years, you’ve seen it evolve through branding and product name changes. Today, we’re pleased to share the latest and greatest version.

July 27, 2018

Summer Quarterly Report Preview: Privacy and Big Technology

The Summer 2018 Datica Quarterly Report has timely insights as healthcare grapples with GDPR, new privacy laws in CA, and forays into healthcare by the tech titans of Microsoft and Amazon.

July 12, 2018

Learn what it takes to be compliant on the cloud with our free self assessment

The biggest barrier to a successful cloud compliance program is simply the complexity of understanding everything. This new compliance self-assessment worksheet will help.

July 2, 2018

Best Practices are Best Practices: How Datica Handles Global Compliance

Datica’s ability to serve international compliance regimes stems from a philosophy exemplified by HITRUST: one framework, many regimes. Read about our global compliance posture.

June 29, 2018

Datica’s gone native — cloud native!

We’ve taken our commitment to open source and Kubernetes a step further by becoming a silver member of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

June 21, 2018

Kubernetes vs. PaaS

If you’re new to container orchestration and more familiar with a fully managed platform-as-a-service (PaaS), Kubernetes can seem complex. Learn the differences and tradeoffs.

June 7, 2018

Security as Part of the M & A Due Diligence Process

There are many key security and privacy considerations for buyers to consider when exploring an M & A opportunity. Christine Sublett spells it out.

June 1, 2018

May Conference Roundup: Datica on the Main Stage at MSBuild and HLTH

May was a busy month for events at Datica! Not only were we featured in the Keynote presentation at MSBuild, but we presented at the inaugural HLTH conference.

May 22, 2018

Digital Health Funding Already Billions in Q1 2018

In 2017, digital health funding broke records and, if the first quarter of this year is any indication, 2018 is set to continue the trend. A trio of recent reports highlights the attention and funds digital health companies are garnering this year.

May 21, 2018

Cloudy Outlook: A 2018 CIO Cloud Perspectives Survey

Migrating organizational data to the cloud is one of a number of concerns hospital CIOs currently face. To dig deeper into those concerns, Datica conducted a survey on the topic. The results reveal that many healthcare organizations are in a holding pattern.

May 10, 2018

Datica Unveils New Healthcare Customer, Access HealthNet

Datica and Access HealthNet announced a working collaboration this week. AHN will be using the Datica Platform to deliver EMR interoperability and security to their healthcare bundling platform customers, which will streamline healthcare data exchange for hospital and medical billing

April 25, 2018

Spring 2018 Report Review: A look at the Impact of Healthcare Innovation

Datica’s 2018 spring innovation report examines how the media is describing the digital health transformation through four articles from major industry publications. The report also examines insights from Accenture and the World Economic Forum surveys, and takes a look at HIMSS 2018.

April 16, 2018

HIMSS 2018 Recap — Invasion of the major tech providers

HIMSS 2018 saw the presence of three of the largest cloud technology companies in the world, Amazon (AWS), Microsoft (Azure), and Google (Google Cloud) flex their muscles. In addition to a strong cloud showing, the event itself is evidence that innovation is now a part of the healthcare bloodstream.

April 14, 2018

Can mHealth Transform Provider Workflows and Patient Care?

A new HIMSS report about the state of clinical communication and workflow explores how stakeholders in the healthcare system are using and plan to use mHealth, or mobile clinical communications tools.

April 13, 2018

2018 Healthcare Trends Part 6: Beyond Digital Health Hype

Where is healthcare going in 2018? In this sixth piece of the Datica Healthcare Trends series, we explore the fifth trend — moving beyond the digital health hype.

April 6, 2018

Mapping Digital Health: An interview with Validic CEO and Co-Founder Drew Schiller

Datica continues to explore the emerging digital health landscape in our Mapping the Digital Health Landscape blog series with an interview with Drew Schiller, CEO & Co-Founder of Validic.

April 4, 2018

Healthcare CIOs say Lift and Shift to the Cloud not on their Radar

A couple weeks ago at HIMSS, we hosted a CHIME focus group with about 20 CIOs representing a broad swath of the provider market. The purpose of the conversation was to gauge readiness, strategies, and maturity of the cloud in healthcare.

March 23, 2018

Information Governance Survey Shows Benefits in Compliance

Results of a recent survey by the AHIMA shows that information governance is becoming a business imperative in healthcare organizations with benefits reaching to business intelligence and compliance.

March 22, 2018

How Digital Health Succeeds and Fails — Datica at SXSW

At SXSW, Kris Gösser, CMO of Datica, led a high-level overview of all the larger challenges that makers of digital health products will face as they go to market with thier products. Read a summary of the presentation and watch the video recording here.

March 16, 2018

Overview of the Current Administration's Approach to HIT

Two recent talks have shed light on what people in the healthcare information technology sector might expect from the current administration. Together, it’s clear that the administration wants to give consumers access to their health data. But, how?

March 15, 2018

Payors Have Much to Gain from Advances in Technology

Many healthcare networks, hospitals, and physicians’ offices know they need to make improvements in order to see the greatest gains from advances in technology, and according to a recent report by the credit rating agency AM Best, insurers are in the same boat.

March 10, 2018

Mapping Digital Health: An Interview with Ethan Bechtel, Co-Founder and CEO of OhMD

As we continue our Mapping Digital Health interview series, we chatted with Ethan Bechtel, Co-Founder and CEO of OhMD about the hurdles and maturity of the digital health industry.

March 9, 2018

PHI Exposed for 18 Months during UVA Data Breach

A recent data breach at the University of Virginia Health System exposed PHI for 18 months! We explore the facts and how this could have been prevented.

March 8, 2018

Microsoft and Datica Digital Health Bootcamp at SXSW

Sunday March 11, we are hosting a day-long boot camp for digital health enthusiasts and entrepreneurs at South by Southwest (SXSW) in collaboration with Microsoft.

March 6, 2018

2018 Healthcare Trends Part 5: The Real Cloud Comes to Healthcare

The “real cloud” in healthcare is not virtualization. We are talking about the public cloud and the public cloud providers Amazon, Microsoft, and Google.

March 2, 2018

2018 Healthcare Trends Part 4: Clinicians as Developers

In this fourth part of our 2018 Healthcare Trends series, Travis Good, MD explores what we can expect to see as clinicians broaden their skillsets into digital health.

February 28, 2018

The Good Guide to Surviving HIMSS 2018

Travis Good, MD, Co-founder, CEO & Chief Privacy Officer of Datica and 9-time HIMSS attendee shares his advice to surviving and staying sane at HIMSS18.

February 26, 2018

HITRUST on AWS is possible! Find out how at HIMSS18

HIMSS is only a week away! On Tuesday, March 6th, Datica is presenting on the topic of HITRUST in the AWS booth #1625 at 11:00am.

February 23, 2018

The FDA Digital Health PreCertification Program

The FDA has announced a new program for digital health software developers as part of a larger effort to develop a new regulatory framework. Should you care?

February 22, 2018

The Role of Transformation in Healthcare with Dr. Richard Milani

On transformation in healthcare, Dr. Richard Milani likens healthcare systems to ocean liners that can’t turn on a dime. Read more about healthcare transformation.

February 21, 2018

2018 Healthcare Trends Part 3: 6 Predictions for the Post-EHR World

In this 3rd part of our 2018 Healthcare Trends series, Travis Good MD, CEO of Datica, offers a deep look at what we can expect to see in a post-EHR world.

February 15, 2018

What Exactly is a Digital Health Application?

Are digital health apps consumer-facing, or used in a clinical setting? How are they improving patient outcomes? How are digital health apps integrated into clinicians’ workflows?

February 13, 2018

Digital Health Apps Could Save the US $7 Billion

Digital health apps have been accompanied by plenty of hype, but a new report shows that the hype may be justified with $7 billion/year potential.

January 31, 2018

Women in Cloud: New Support for Female Entrepreneurs

Women and men all over the world are rising to the challenge of changing the male-dominated technology landscape. Just last week in Stockholm, the Women in Tech 2018 conference sold out completely in just two minutes after tickets went on sale.

January 30, 2018

2018 Healthcare Trends Part 2: Cash-Pay Practices will Grow

Whether you call it cash pay, subscription medicine, direct primary care, or concierge medicine, cutting out the payors is 1 of 6 2018 trends Datica predicts.

January 26, 2018

HIPAA Enforcement in 2017: Key learnings from others’ mistakes

One thing is certain: healthcare still has a security problem. Out of 295 breaches reported so far for 2017, 132 are hacking/IT incident breaches.

January 22, 2018

The U.S. Healthcare System is like a Casino says Dan Munro

Author Dan Munro thinks the US Healthcare system is like a casino. Learn why in these highlights from that enlightening Healthcare Innovators Podcast.

January 19, 2018

The Trusted Exchange Framework and the Pursuit of Interoperability

The January, 2018 draft of the Trusted Exchange Framework is the first real step toward interoperability since the Cures Act was passed.

January 15, 2018

6 Healthcare Trends to Watch in 2018

Government, individuals, and private sector will continue a push for change in 2018. Dr. Travis Good predicts 6 major healthcare trends for the new year.

January 10, 2018

10 Most-Read Articles of 2017

What was healthcare reading to stay on top of their technology game in 2017? Our top 10 blogs show cloud and compliance as top of mind for many of you.

December 13, 2017

Q4 Industry Report: Shadow IT's positives and negatives within healthcare

Datica’s Winter 2017 quarterly industry report examines the paradox of shadow IT in healthcare. Is it a security threat or enabler for innovation?

December 11, 2017

How does GDPR compare to HIPAA?

Though different in who they apply to and how you prove compliance, HIPAA and GDPR are both about having security as a core tenet of operations.

December 8, 2017

Why Let's Encrypt is our favorite open source project this year

This holiday season, we’re proud to support one of our favorite open source projects, Let’s Encrypt, in their mission to make the internet more secure.

December 4, 2017

Privacy Shield: Know the ropes before pulling data back across the pond

If your U.S. company plans to bring health data from the European Union back to the states, you must address EU-U.S. Privacy Shield — an additional privacy requirement laid out by the European Court of Justice.

November 29, 2017

AWS Fargate and HIPAA Compliant Containers

Day 3 of re:Invent kicked off with AWS CEO, Andy Jassy, announcing Fargate among a slew of new AWS services. Can you tell we’re excited about Fargate?

November 28, 2017

re:Invent Day #2 — Looking toward the future

It’s the second day of AWS re:Invent and sessions are in full swing. I was able to attend several healthcare track sessions yesterday (including Datica’s) and the future looks bright. Healthcare is poised to fully embrace the cloud in 2018.

November 27, 2017

How a major Health System got onto AWS: Recapping the featured session today at AWS re:Invent

Adam Leko and David Deas discussed how the Datica Platform helped Methodist Le Bonheur (MLH) health system get onto AWS through removing the burden of DevOps and security in a HITRUST CSF Certified way.

November 21, 2017

The AWS re:Invent Ultimate Guide for Makers of Digital Health Products

With 1,000 sessions to choose from, we offer a bit of help to our friends out there in the healthcare industry who might be attending AWS re:Invent next week.

November 20, 2017

Mapping Digital Health: An interview with John Moore, CEO and Founder Twine Health

What does a breakdancing eye surgeon have to say about patient engagement? Find out in the 3rd issue of “Mapping Digital Health” with Dr. John Moore of Twine Health.

November 17, 2017

Announcing one-click installations of Mirth Connect and Open-Source Connectors

Today we are launching one-click installations of Mirth Connect combined with Open-Source Connectors for the Datica Platform.

November 15, 2017

What makes HITRUST? Understanding the superset nature of HITRUST

HITRUST is a superset security framework and understanding both the advantages and disadvantages of this will help you wield HITRUST successfully.

November 10, 2017

Digital Health Success Framework: Building a Body of Evidence to Support Your Strategy

The latest addition to the DHSF is meant to help you gain a better understanding of the evidence needed for your digital health strategy.

November 8, 2017

Esther Dyson Q&A: On digital health and getting to the end game

Esther Dyson, whose career includes journalist, author, businesswoman, commentator, philanthropist, angel investor, and even backup cosmonaut, sat down for an interview with Datica CEO Travis Good, MD.

October 30, 2017

Health 2.0 Lunch & Learn Recap: What does the success of digital health look like?

At Health 2.0 2017, a panel of leaders who have worked in the trenches discussed the most important factors for the success of digital health products.

October 27, 2017

Do you Have $360K to Build Compliance into your Digital Health Product Yourself?

$360,000! The cost for a maker of digital health products to design, implement, deploy and prove HIPAA compliance all on their own. Get the breakdown.

October 25, 2017

Using GNU Privacy Guard and OpenPGP to Automatically Decrypt SFTP Files

The GnuPG is a free implementation of OpenPGP — the most widely used email encryption standard. Learn how to use GnuPG and OpenPG to automatically decrypt encrypted SFTP files.

October 17, 2017

Mapping Digital Health: An interview with Strata Health Executive VP Peter Smith

This second interview of our “Mapping the Digital Health Landscape” series, highlights innovation at Strata Health in the U.S. and beyond.

October 10, 2017

Will new identity-proofing NIST standards prove who you say you are?

A recent NIST update includes important changes that encourage out of band authentication methods versus a single source email. Learn how Datica is responding.

September 28, 2017

Public vs. Private Cloud Computing Examined: Our Latest Quarterly Industry Report

Our latest industry report takes a look at various opinions and definitions on public vs. private cloud computing within healthcare.

September 27, 2017

Looking in the Rearview Mirror at Health 2.0, 2012

Where do the many predictions and technologies from Health 2.0, 2012 stand today? Which products were a hit? What predictions came to be true—or didn’t?

September 19, 2017

Mapping Digital Health: An interview with C-SATS co-founder Derek Streat

Datica is excited every day about the emerging digital health landscape. We know there are many other entrepreneurs who, like us, use technology to help healthcare organizations better serve their patients. That is why we created an ongoing series called “Mapping the Digital Health Landscape,” highlighting the great work pursued by fellow digital health innovators.

September 14, 2017

Webinar: What is the Digital Health Success Framework?

Mark Olschesky will summarize the origins and utility of the Digital Health Success Framework in an upcoming webinar scheduled for Sept. 25th, at 12pm CST.

September 12, 2017

HITRUST CSF Certification Round 3

With our 3rd HITRUST CSF certification, the Datica Platform now provides customers greater flexibility with cloud infrastructure choices.

September 7, 2017

Lifting A Fork for Open Source

This Q&A with Datica’s Chief Data Officer, Mark Olschesky, explores what it means that Datica just passed 200 forks of our open-source policies.

September 5, 2017

If It's Possible, We Can Integrate It

There’s much a digital health company needs to know about EHR integrations. Here are 4 essential questions digital health teams should ask their customers.

August 31, 2017

Taming the Torrent of Patient Generated Healthcare Data

Our Healthcare Innovators podcast continues with an illuminative interview with Aaron Neinstein, MD on tech that tames the deluge of patient generated data.

August 30, 2017

Facing down the largest breaches of 2017 with Datica's open-source policies

As we roll into the end of 2017, it’s worth looking back on how the industry has been doing protecting PHI against the threat of cyber-intrusions.

August 24, 2017

How can technology improve patient care and reduce costs?

Our newest publication Rethinking Healthcare Technology includes expansive, useful, and original essays on digital transformation from insightful leaders.

August 18, 2017

Spear Phishing: Hackers Aiming for Healthcare

In the 377 healthcare data breaches last year, phishing attacks were among the top data breach causes. Why is healthcare such a target for spear phishing attacks?

August 17, 2017

Announcing Self Service and Free Trials

Datica has announced the launch of The Platform 3.0 — Compliant Cloud reimagined including a HIPAA compliant & HITRUST CSF certified free trial.

August 7, 2017

Why There is Up Front Pricing Now

Almost 3 years ago, I wrote about why there was no listed Datica pricing on our site. Today, I wrote about why we actually DO now have upfront pricing.

July 31, 2017

Opportunities for Digital Health Vendors in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Dr. Naomi Fried shared her ideas on the differences in innovation between pharma and hospitals, and opportunities for digital health vendors in pharma.

July 27, 2017

What does it take to be a 100% HIPAA compliant cloud company?

Datica has spent extensive time and money on security and organizational policies and procedures specifically to comply with HIPAA and share with our customers.

July 4, 2017

Saas, Paas, IaaS; What's the Difference?

As healthcare increasingly turns to cloud infrastructure, you might want to get to know the different service delivery models — SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS.

June 29, 2017

5 Steps to HITRUST CSF Certification

Complying with HIPAA and proving it are two very different things. Datica is HIPAA compliant AND can prove it with our HITRUST CSF certification.

June 22, 2017

Shining the Spotlight on Datica Customers

Datica customers and innovators Cota, Clockwise.MD, and Arcadia Healthcare are making waves in healthcare and we’re excited to share their stories.

June 16, 2017

Speaking at the Healthcare Informatics Health IT Summit in Boston

Cybersecurity is top of mind for most CEOs and so it was no surprise that it was a hot topic at this week’s Health IT Summit in Boston.

June 13, 2017

Onramp to the Healthcare Cloud

Most of us imagined the cloud onramp in healthcare to be many years away but it’s happening now as healthcare embraces SaaS-based digital health solutions.

June 2, 2017

3 Common Misconceptions About Business Associate Agreements

HIPAA outlines the types of entities that are covered but the further down the line a subcontractor gets from a covered entity, the more confusion there is.

May 18, 2017

Hybrid Cloud is Now the Preferred Option within Healthcare

Private, Public, and Hybrid clouds all exist in healthcare. Hybrid clouds represent the largest area of growth in healthcare organizations.

May 10, 2017

Healthcare's Shifting Definition of the Cloud

This infographic, extracted from the inaugural Spring ‘17 Heart of Medicine Quarterly Report, describes healthcare’s shifting definition of the cloud.

April 28, 2017

6 Insights on Healthcare Innovation

These big ideas in healthcare innovation explore a lack of interoperability, the role of EHRs, and how data standards like FHIR ignite transformation.

April 11, 2017

The Accelerating Migration to the Healthcare Cloud

In this article, we explore the migration to cloud computing in healthcare, the benefits of cloud computing in healthcare, and HIPAA cloud compliant hosting.

March 28, 2017

FHIR Fuels Transformation at Hospitals

For the first time in twenty years, hospitals, vendors, and even payers and life sciences providers agree on something: FHIR is the way forward.

March 15, 2017

FHIR is No Longer Just a Concept

Mark Olschesky shares what he learned, saw, and enjoyed at the 2nd annual HL7 FHIR Applications Roundtable. Hint: FHIR is fast becoming a reality.

March 2, 2017

Visions of the Future of Digital Health at HIMSS 2017

Casey Bryson shares visions of healthcare’s digital future from HIMSS 2017, including applications that scale and integrate with EHRs at lightning speed.

February 27, 2017

CloudFlare, Data Breaches, and the HIPAA Conduit Exemption

By now you’ve heard of the CloudFlare leak of sensitive data. There’s a specific part of HIPAA legislation that health care should be concerned about.

February 24, 2017

Reflections on HIMSS 2017: Same Same, but Different

The buzz at HIMSS 2017: analytics, machine learning, AI, cyber-security, patient-centered care, and open data were a few themes we saw this year.

February 21, 2017

Connected Health Today and in the Future

Healthcare’s version of the Internet of Things is often referred to as connected health. Explore Dr. Joe Kvedar’s view on the state of connected health.

February 15, 2017

Visit the Datica VIP Area at HISTalkapalooza 2017!

As the clock winds down to HIMSS17, we’ve been dusting off our party shoes to get ready for one of the highlights of the event – HISTalkapalooza

February 9, 2017

2017 Healthcare Trends Part 4: Healthcare costs and challenges are about a lot more than healthcare

This 4th part of our 2017 Healthcare trends series looks at some of the not so obvious costs and challenges that add into the healthcare equation.

February 7, 2017

Catalyze is now Datica

Today we start the next chapter in our company’s history. Catalyze is now Datica and I couldn’t be more excited about the change.

January 31, 2017

2017 Healthcare Trends Part 3: The Rise and Fall of the EHR

In part three of our 2017 healthcare trends series, the focus is on the evolution of the EHR. We already explored the rise of the patient as consumer looked at how Trump’s unpacking of Obamacare in parts one and two.

January 24, 2017

2017 Healthcare Trends Part 2: Trump and Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle

Here, in part 2 of our 4-part series on 2017 healthcare trends, we look at how Trump’s unpacking of Obamacare might affect the healthcare industry.

January 23, 2017

The CMIO Role in the Era of Value-Based Care

Chief Medical Information Officer is an evolving role in the executive suite. Learn about the CMIO job from Luis Saldana, M.D., CMIO of Texas Health Resources.

January 16, 2017

2017 Healthcare Trends Part 1: The Rise of Patient as Consumer

This is the 1st of a 4-part series about high-level healthcare trends creating turmoil and uncertainty along with new opportunities in 2017 and beyond.

December 19, 2016

New Chief Operating Officer Deepens Epic Experience at Datica

Datica’s new COO, Brian Lindstrom, joins a mix of Datica employees with a cumulative 36 years Epic experience.

December 2, 2016

AWS Re:Invent Re:Cap No.2

We recap the second half of the AWS Re:Invent conference with a look at how some of the announcements could be applicable to the healthcare domain.

November 30, 2016

HHS Guidance on HIPAA Compliance in the Cloud: What You Need to Know

HHS released its official Guidance on HIPAA & Cloud Computing last month. The guidance answers some lingering questions that people seem to ask.

November 30, 2016

AWS Re:Invent Re:Cap No.1

This was Datica’s first time attending AWS Re:invent along with 32,000 attendees ranging from engineers to CIOs and a broad range of industries.

November 13, 2016

Dimensions of Big Data for Healthcare

Now that healthcare is looking at “patients as consumers” and how to deliver and document quality care what changes in data requirements and strategy?

November 11, 2016

VUE16 WOWs again

For the second year in a row, Datica both attended and sponsored the Voalte User Experience (VUE16) in Sarasota, Florida. Here’s a recap of all we learned.

November 9, 2016

The Truth About HITRUST — and Why It Should Become the Industry Standard

There’s still a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about HITRUST, even among vendords and consultants. This article will clear up some of the confusion.

October 19, 2016

HITRUST Inheritance: The most important compliance announcement of the year

Since achieving our HITRUST Certification, our goal has been to educate the industry about our experience and help others to achieve HITRUST Certification.

October 11, 2016

Announcing Our First Customer Spotlights

Recently we published our first five Customer Spotlights, a new section on the website sharing the amazing and diverse stories our customers have to tell.

October 6, 2016

The Purpose of HITRUST's Business Associate Council

HITRUST is an industry-driven organization with a mission to create a standardized and certifiable security and compliance framework for healthcare.

October 3, 2016

Does Healthcare IT Put the Cart Before the Horse?

Industry focus on patient outcomes has never been higher yet some healthcare innovators are focused on technology first and outcomes second. Wonder why?

September 28, 2016

Health 2.0 Recap: Day 3

Day three of Health 2.0 is a wrap, meaning we saw more demos and observed the last few panel discussions of the conference.

September 28, 2016

Health 2.0 Recap: Day 2

Day Two of Health 2.0 featured a diverse set of topics. There was more to see than the Datica crew could cover, so here are just a few key observations.

September 26, 2016

Madison Startups on the Map - Healthcare IT Included

The Midwest is predicted to have more startups than Silicon Valley in five years. It’s time for Madison, Wisconsin to be on the startup community’s radar.

September 26, 2016

Health 2.0 Recap: Day 1

Day One of Health 2.0 featured the annual Traction startup pitch panel which told a unified story and compelling insight worth sharing.

September 21, 2016

The Doctor App Question: Who will Validate, Vet or Veto?

FierceHealthcare reporter Susan D. Hall outlined three important challenges for digital health in a recent article.

September 21, 2016

Announcing Our $6.5MM Series B. The Story is about Our Customers.

Today Datica completed a Series B round of financing, raising $6.5MM and bringing our total amount raised to $12.5MM. We’re thrilled to have new investor Lewis & Clark Ventures lead the round, and equally excited our existing investors—Arthur Ventures, Baird Capital, and Chicago Ventures—participated in the round and continue to view Catalyze as the organization they believed we would become when they initially invested almost 3 years ago.

August 4, 2016

Why Do Healthcare Information Systems Account For $40+ Billion?

Compared to others, healthcare information systems (HCIS) are industry specific. The distinctiveness to their development is attributed to six elements.

July 28, 2016

How HIT Vendors Price Their Solutions

How are HIT vendors pricing their technologies? Why does pricing seem so fluid in contrast to other industry models? Find out here.

July 27, 2016

Datica Continues Expanding Industry Support and Recognition

From expanding our services to new podcast appearances, July had a lot of excitement to capture for Datica. We have progressively built additional support for our clients while bringing further credibility to them and their clients. We are proud of all that we achieved in July so just to name a few, here are a few highlights.

July 20, 2016

10 Financial Questions to Ask Before an EHR Project

Despite best efforts, most EHR projects are forecasted to go beyond scope. Ask these 10 questions for an accurate financial estimate of an EHR project.

July 13, 2016

How Does the Cloud Reduce Data Loss Risk?

Healthcare is being revolutionized by the proliferation of new technologies. With the modern boom of laptop, smartphone and tablet usage being witnessed across medical institutions, allowing doctors to easily connect with their patients is more important than ever. Since medical workers can connect near instantaneously to obtain medical information sought after, primary care workflows can be expedited, but what does this mean for data security?

June 21, 2016

7-Step Technology Checklist for PHI Protection

Criminal and financial penalties alongside severe reputation loss — with wagers so high, hospitals need to grow above the impromptu manual audits. Further contextual proof is given since these audits review a very minute percentage of all daily access events. Ensuring widespread patient privacy requires a solid foundation involving policy, procedures, and technology.

June 16, 2016

The Advantages and Measures of Outsourcing in Healthcare

Hospitals are a distinctly lush domain for outsourcing many functions, such as, EHR integrations and cloud hosting.

June 1, 2016

4 Challenges & Solutions for Big Data Capturing

Data capturing is becoming an increasingly automated process across all modern interactions. Specifically in healthcare, electronic health record systems are digitizing existing patient records to be used in patient care, surgical procedures, and clinical trials. For instance, data streams captured by medical instruments during surgical procedures are fed into an integrated health record system in real-time; also, wearables worn can live stream data directly into clinical and hospital servers while patients recover at home.

May 25, 2016

7 Quality Measure Healthcare Organizations Explained

Even as a healthcare professional, understanding the what, when, why, who, and how of healthcare quality measurement becomes a grueling task. There are multiple non-profit and private sector organizations involved in the discovery, design, and verification of quality measures for the healthcare industry. We explain a bit of the who, what, why, when, and how behind quality care.

May 19, 2016

Announcing Change Agent, Datica's Medium Publication

Since Datica’s beginning, a core belief has revolved around the importance of transparent, free, readily available content. That is why we write about what we learn. That is why we have open sourced our company policies] and made our Business Associate Agreement publicly available.

May 11, 2016

Joint Commission Allows Secure Texting

In last month’s edition of the Joint Commission Perspectives, the Joint Commission ended its ban on text messaging for healthcare providers, reversing its 2011 prohibition for these recognized healthcare entities. The Joint Commission is finally embracing modern technology, and these updated regulations permit customers like ours to freely produce, promote, and integrate their secure text messaging solutions.

May 3, 2016

4 PHI Marketing Special Cases

Under the Omnibus Rule, learn about four special cases for making use of PHI in marketing efforts.

April 26, 2016

Data-Enabled ≠ Data-Driven

In healthcare’s current transformational model, organizations are moving from paper-based organizations to data-enabled organizations. Healthcare should not become completely data-driven nor rely solely on decision automation because there is a human component that must be addressed. Besides some necessary operational alerts and such, there are nuances involved in a primary care relationship that simply cannot be captured by a machine.

April 20, 2016

4 Essentials to Enabling Clinical Integration

With all the buzzwords in the healthcare industry, it has become impossible to keep track of their many interpretations and evolutions, but more importantly, tracking how to properly enable solutions. Previously, physicians handled the clinical affairs while healthcare administrators managed the finances and operations. Presently, those roles have blurred. With such close working environments, some baselines must be met to fully enable the acceleration of clinical integration.

April 15, 2016

Catalyzing the HITRUST BA Council, HealthXL Global Gathering & HOSTING Partnership

Co-Founder Travis Good, M.D. has been selected as a founding member of the HITRUST Business Associate Council, while the team has been attending the industry’s premiere events such as HealthXL Global Gathering in San Francisco and HOSTING Customer Summit in Denver to announce exciting new partnerships.

April 13, 2016

3 Benefits of Accessible Big Data Analytics

With access to real-time, big data analytics more accurate and encompassing medical diagnoses and decisions are now possible.

April 7, 2016

Innovation & Partnerships Anticipated at Upcoming Industry Gatherings

Commitment, collaboration, communication, focus — all critical compontents to successful strategic partnerships that produce innovation.

March 11, 2016

Datica Partners with Salesforce & Microsoft Azure

With a single Datica BAA healthcare customers of Microsoft Azure and Salesforce Health Cloud can now cover the infrastructure obligations of HIPAA.

February 27, 2016

Metabahn & HealthLoop chose Datica, but why?

Partnership? Simplicity? Scalability? Compliance? Savings? Opportunity? Yes. All of the above.

February 19, 2016

Casey Bryson: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Passion. It’s one word that makes all the difference. It’s one quality that cannot be taught. And it’s one differentiator between where we are and where we can go. Passion is the epitome of what Casey Bryson embodies and it is with that passion that he joins the Datica family as our Chief Strategy Officer.

February 16, 2016

Voalte Guest Post: The company we keep

The challenge for today’s hospital CIOs is choosing vendors and technologies that integrate with the EMR as well as numerous other hospital systems. That’s why integration is such a hot topic in healthcare, and is something we take very seriously at Voalte.

February 15, 2016

Zenefits Scandal Further Proves the Importance of Compliance

Healthcare is completely different from any other industry so is it possible to take everyday shortcuts to achieve the desired entrepreneurial results? If you ask one of the latest Silicon Valley sweethearts, Zenefits, as of late, the answer is an astounding no. As Zenefits’ COO David Sacks states, “Compliance is like oxygen. Without it, we die.” With the immediate resignation of Parker Conrad, former Zenefits’ CEO, we will see if Zenefits’ will be given the kiss of life as compliance becomes a newly adopted core pillar to the organization.

February 11, 2016

4 Integration Factors DocbookMD Considered

Prior to DocbookMD® HIPAA-secure communication didn’t exist. Datica was not only able to centralize integration for DocbookMD but also save them $360K.

February 2, 2016

Announcing Stratum — Your Compliance Foundation

Today we are proud to announce the immediate availability of our Platform as a Service solution product – Stratum.

January 6, 2016

Cost of HITRUST assessment and certification

Cost is one of a few gating factors for companies considering a HITRUST Assessment. This cost can broken up into two broad categories – direct and indirect costs.

December 23, 2015

Top 6 Free Digital Stocking Stuffers

We could not be more thrilled with the amazing year we have had at Datica. With the help of our customers, partners, employees, mentors and others, we have been able to provide the highest quality products and services to the industry in an effort to push the needle forward to an improved, connected healthcare system. From all of us, we wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season, but first, here are six last minute free digital stocking stuffers that you can recommend to those that matter in your life.

December 21, 2015

5 Predictions for Digital Health in 2016

Prediction posts are fun, despite my relatively low batting average for success. The hardest part about making predictions in healthcare is timing. And timing can be everything. Lots of predictions, like we’ll see X% risk-based or value-based care contracts, are hard to deny but quantifying them in terms of when these changes will tip in the industry is the challenge. With that disclaimer, below are my predictions for healthcare in 2016, with a bend towards healthcare technology.

December 17, 2015

Reflecting on our time with CDHI at UCSF

We had some amazing inspiration from the 2015 Digital Health Summer Summit co-hosted by the Center for Digital Health Innovation (CDHI).

December 15, 2015

Where will healthcare be in 5 years?

There is a significant need for tools that improve communication and data exchange in healthcare.

December 11, 2015

EHR Costs Hinder Interoperability

Value-based care finally provides the incentives for enhanced interoperability, but who is going to pay the up front bill to get started? Vendors? Doctors? Healthcare organizations? Payers?

December 9, 2015

Avoid Inaccurately Matching Patients’ Health Records

Most people probably do not realize that traditional data management and patient index tools only automatically match approximately 70 percent of records.

December 7, 2015

Need for Governance and Trust Among Entities

In a day and age where data breaches and cyber terrorism are at an all time high, it is no surprise that our healthcare system lacks trust, especially when pertaining to patient data.

December 2, 2015

Announcing Redpoint – Your Integration Sherpa

If there is one guiding belief which drives Catalyze, it’s the view that healthcare integration is a process. It’s not an API, it’s not knowing someone at Epic. It’s a journey fraught with misinformation and pitfalls. This journey needs a guide.

December 1, 2015

Variation in State Privacy Laws

With the topic of interoperability resurfacing, a strong argument towards this standardization can be made when considering the national interoperability initiative.

November 24, 2015

Insufficiencies in Standards for EHR Interoperability

A recent GAO report found five preeminent challenges the industry faces with achieving true interoperability.

November 23, 2015

Securing Network Access in Healthcare

The cost of data breaches on providers as a whole is estimated to be at an astounding seven billion dollars. Here are a few key points for securing network access.

November 18, 2015

Industry Shaking News at the HITRUST 3rd Party Assurance Conference

Questions From the HITRUST Third Party Assurance Summit

November 16, 2015

VUE15 Recap: Voalte, Uber & more

Datica sponsored the VUE15 event, which took place in Sarasota, FL, and moderated a panel on lessons learned in mobile health and the path forward.

November 13, 2015

HITRUST will be a core requirement to do business with healthcare enterprises

Today, November 13, 2015, our very own Travis Good, CEO & Co-founder of Catalyze, is speaking at the Health Industry Third Party Assurance Summit and some industry shaking news has just been announced.

November 9, 2015

VUE15: Datica CEO talks mHealth History at Voalte’s First User Conference

Datica CEO, Travis Good, uunearthed the past of mHealth during his panel discussion at VUE 2015.

November 5, 2015

Top EHR Vendors (Epic, McKesson, etc.) Meet to Determine Interoperability Metrics

Interoperability may not have gotten enough attention in the early days of Meaningful Use’s electronic EHR gold rush, but it’s now taking center stage.

November 3, 2015

Why Interoperability?

Innovation is critically fundamental to healthcare, helping to improve the quality of patient care and enhance workflows. Despite that, a rudimentary cultural change is needed across the industry to fully embrace innovation. This incorporation will create collaborations to polish present processes with a patient-centric mindset. However, the difficulty of achieving interoperability still remains the bottleneck that is hindering real breakthroughs.

October 30, 2015

3 HIPAA Omnibus Rule Essentials for IT/Security

In 2013, the Office of Civil Rights began enforcing a new set of regulations intending to improve patients’ access to their medical records and increase security to protected health information.

October 27, 2015

SocialWellth and Health123 Advance Opportunities in Value-based Care

$125 billion is wasted every year on nearly one billion doctors’ visits that Americans take that could simply be solved with a bit of education. The efforts to solve this problem is rapidly becoming the fastest growing market in healthcare. It’s a race that’s promoted by the massive shift in the healthcare industry’s economics, mandated by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

October 23, 2015

Apple’s New ResearchKit Studies 

In the past, clinical trials could only extend as far as researchers could geographically recruit, but Apple’s ResearchKit enables more valuable data sets.

October 21, 2015

Open APIs Solve Lack of EHR Interoperability

There is a lot of discontent with current EHRs, mainly due to limited features and overly complicated processes. But, what are the proposed solutions?

October 14, 2015

Credit Card Processing & HIPAA

Do I need a business associate agreement to comply with HIPAA when doing medical credit card processing for healthcare payments?

October 7, 2015


HL7 message senders should get an HL7 ACK message in return. This article explains what ACK NACK means and the requirements for ACK and NACK messages.

October 6, 2015

Difficulties of Clinically Testing Health Apps

There are nearly 70,000 digital health apps available on your mobile device right now. Would it shock you to discover that there is no clinical validation to back up most of them? Would it deter you from downloading them knowing they were created by developers exploiting the healthy lifestyle trends in America? Hopefully, like myself, your answer is yes.

September 24, 2015

Frugal Innovation in Healthcare

Achieving a higher quality of patient care for more of the population at a significantly reduced cost is the basis for innovation of most healthcare systems.

September 23, 2015

Datica CEO to Present at Stanford Medicine X Conference

Datica’s very own Dr. Travis Good, CEO and Co-Founder, is back on stage in the spotlight at the five-day Stanford Medicine X Conference presenting on how compliant cloud computing will accelerate healthcare innovation.

September 17, 2015

Planning for Innovation in 2016

Healthcare is ready—and in need—for innovation. Most innovation stems from academia, allowing data scientists, economists and medical professionals to collaborate more openly than in contrast to a corporate setting, but fresh ideas come from private sectors of healthcare as well. As workflow pressures increase, healthcare system executives are faced with a challenging decision of continuing to focus on regulatory burdens, security threats, and changing reimbursement models or to allocate the time and resources necessary for effective innovation amongst the myriad of mandated organizational projects.

September 16, 2015

Digital Health Innovating Behavioral Healthcare

In a digitally interconnected world, people with behavioral health conditions consult their technologies long before approaching healthcare providers for further diagnosis and treatment. What would be the benefit in approaching a healthcare provider immediately anyways? Behavioral healthcare is insufficient in assisting diagnosis, overseeing treatment response, and evaluating disease acuity. In contrast to other healthcare fields, psychiatric care is founded on a conversational Q&A model, rather than physical exams, clinical trials, or laboratory testing.

September 14, 2015

Multi tenancy is a key security design requirement — Our latest Academy entry

Datica’s acadamy article on Hipaa and multi-tenancy is meant to clarify Datica’s security position with tips on best healthcare cloud security practices.

September 10, 2015

Three Key Focuses for Healthcare CIOs

Taking an inside look at the United States healthcare systems can reveal key insights for chief information officers (CIOs) as the industry goes through epic transformations.

September 8, 2015

Two Healthcare Systems Partner with Vendors to Further Innovation

Healthcare systems are currently presented with the opportunity to contribute towards worthwhile innovations.

September 4, 2015

Healthcare Innovation: What is it solving?

Innovation in healthcare starts with the reputable intent to promote optimal quality and value of care to patients, providers, insurers, and employers. A few macro level initiatives of innovation include being able to scale the business by creating constant opportunity, shifting from a fee-for-service model, managing cost of care, and providing a framework needed to support the operational and legal backends. These innovative measures face many challenges though. The core two being: 1) Managing the total cost of care budgets by managing risk contracts and delivering the right care at the right time; and 2) Improving quality while effectively earning revenue.

August 31, 2015

Patient Engagement: Healthcare Organizations vs. Healthcare Consumers

There are two broad classifications facilitated towards patient engagement: organizational and individual. These two ranks are not mutually exclusive though.

August 27, 2015

What’s Your Patient Engagement Strategy?

Despite getting so much attention, most healthcare delivery organizations aren’t preparing for patient engagement.

August 24, 2015

Five Tips to a Successful Patient Engagement Strategy

Healthcare enterprises are striving to achieve the “triple threat of patient engagement”

August 20, 2015

Guiding Patient Engagement

There are limited resources to create and implement engagement programs and assessing effectiveness is crucial to assure proper allocation of limited resources.

August 19, 2015

Datica Provides HIPAA Compliance on the Ionic Market

Today Ionic officially launched their new market which gives developers the opportunity to buy and sell Ionic goods such as, plugins, templates and starter projects.

August 18, 2015

Engaging the Millennial Generation

With immediate gratification being a key characteristic among millenials, is patient engagement possible? And if so, what will that look like?

August 17, 2015

Engagement Mandates a “Positive Technology” Focus

To understand how to best design health information technologies for utility, their true purpose must be understood as it relates to patient engagement.

August 13, 2015

Marketing Value-Based Care Will Generate Desired Patient Engagement Results

One of the major problems with patient engagement is that it’s a buzzword. Like most buzzwords, it is often used without much thought going in to what it really means. I admit to being part of the problem. I’ve written about patient engagement without providing a real definition for it. I think I know what I mean by patient engagement, but my definition tends to be use case driven, meaning I have something very specific applications of engagement in mind when I write about it.

August 12, 2015

3 Considerations for How Vendors Can Drive Patient Engagement Forward

The most critical issue the healthcare industry is seeing when it comes to patient engagement is altering the perspectives and suppositions of patients and clinicians. Many believe that patient portals are the end-all solution for patient engagement by simply satisfying Meaningful Use requirements, but what many fail to understand is that patient engagement is not simply technological advancements; it is a complete culture change.

August 11, 2015

Data Security & Patient Engagement

It’s true: 2015 is beginning to show that hospitals are stemming their primary initiatives from patient engagement. When the HITECH Act was passed back in 2009, hospitals and all medical facilities started to create patient portals to assure that patients would be able to view, download, and even transmit their medical profiles and information as they see fit. But as the latest findings will report, not only are patient engagement stratagem taking priority, but data security is at the forefront as well, closing the loop on the rising number of patient data breaches and cybersecurity attacks that threaten the healthcare industry to ensure value-based healthcare delivery is successful.

August 7, 2015

Introducing HIPAAGRAM - open source, compliant mobile messaging

To address compliance challenges in mobile messaging, we’re very excited to announce HIPAAGRAM, a free, open source, HIPAA compliant mobile messaging app.

August 6, 2015

Who’s Buying Engagement? 2015 Update

Who is buying patient engagement and implementing it? Hospitals. Health system leaders are starting venture funds and are cashing out on recapitalization.

August 5, 2015

Increased Interoperability Will Lead to Increased Patient Engagement

The healthcare sector is overwhelmingly transitioning to a digital and mobile focused industry but that continuum can be broken down into 4 categories.

July 31, 2015

Check out our new HIPAA Compliance FAQ!

We wanted an abbreviated list of the most common topics we get asked about. The result is this HIPAA Compliance FAQ.

July 30, 2015

Urgent! HIPAA Security Pros Needed in Healthcare!

The increase in technological innovation is bringing rapid changes to the healthcare industry as a whole but it’s also bringing a need for more IT security professionals. What is causing the lack of talent and what do you need to know to be considered a professional?

July 29, 2015

5 HIPAA Topics to Address With Clinicians

HIPAA regulations outline IT compliance in high-level detail but don’t specify methods for true compliance — an obstacle for healthcare clinicians.

July 27, 2015

21st Century Cures Act Passes in the House of Representatives

With the intent to lighten restrictions on the use and exposure of PHI for research, the 21st Century Cures Act was passed in 2015. Learn more about it here.

July 23, 2015

False Claims, Meaningful Use, and HIPAA Compliance: What's the Connection?

The False Claims Act inflicts forfeitures on anyone and everyone who knowingly forges, alters, falsifies, or demolishes documents to protected payment.

July 22, 2015

Datica's Success as a HIPAA Compliant Business Associate

Nowadays in the healthcare industry everyone must be aware of their roles in regards to data privacy and security because accountability risk from consumers, moderators, officials, covered entities, and their business associates is higher than ever before. Business associates, due to the HIPAA Final Rule, are now being audited and held liable for enforcing and following privacy HIPAA regulations.

July 20, 2015

Customers in the news: Welkin raises a $2M seed round

Last week news broke of a fundraise by Datica customer Welkin Health. We have been working with Welkin for some time, and have been fans of their vision.

July 16, 2015

Datica is HITRUST CSF Certified

Announcement: Datica if HITRUST CSF Certified.

July 15, 2015

Catalyze Policies - Ready For Deployment

When we first open-sourced our policies we were not expecting to be enamored with such praise.

July 10, 2015

2015 HIPAA Audits Ramping Up

The HIPAA audit program is gearing up in 2015 to unpredictably assess healthcare covered entities and business associates for compliance with the HIPAA security, privacy, and breach notification rules set forth by the Office for Civil Rights.

July 9, 2015

An explanation of Adam Schefter's Tweet: News media, professional athletes, and HIPAA

With thousands of retweets in mere hours, ESPN reporter Adam Schefter’s tweet of a Giants player’s medical record prompted a backlash about personal privacy.

July 7, 2015

Fifty States of HIPAA

HIPAA is not perfect, nor a golden standard, so changes will need to be made to avoid inefficiencies.

July 1, 2015

Catalyze Compliance Experts MythBust 3 HIPAA Misconceptions

As HIPAA experts, we at Catalyze are constantly approached for our advice on all aspects in relation to compliance, and in these discussions we are perpetually astonished by the myriad of misconceptions that surround HIPAA. So in the spirit of benefiting general digital and healthcare literacy, let us shed some light on some common myths and fallacies that you may have.

June 24, 2015

Assessment Series: HIPAA Compliance Assessment

The HIPAA Compliance Assessment was created to help meet the objectives of HIPAA while also providing insights into possibilities for streamlining processes and lowering costs.

June 22, 2015

Digital Health Summer Summit Hits Peak of Innovation

Going into the 2015 Digital Health Summer Summit, we at Datica had no conception as to the impression we have leaving. Wow!

June 19, 2015

Catalyze Speaking Again Today at the 2015 Digital Health Summer Summit!

Datica’s very own Dr. Travis Good, CEO and Co-Founder, was back on stage in the spotlight at the Fourth Annual Digital Health Summer Summit, co-hosted by the Center for Digital Health Innovation at UCSF.

June 18, 2015

IT Execs and Clinicians Collaborate at Open mHealth Summit 15

At Open mHealth 2015, power-packed speakers spoke about their expertise on topics ranging from FHIR to bringing down the barriers of integration.

June 16, 2015

Assessment Series: HIPAA Security Assessment

In this second entry of our Assessment Series we explore what a HIPAA Risk Assessment is and why it is crucial handling PHI.

June 15, 2015

Datica Speaks Integration at Open mHealth on Wednesday!

Travis Good, MD, CEO and co-founder of Datica and Mark Olschesky, Chief Data Officer, presented on HL7 integration and our HIPAA compliant platform at Open mHealth.

June 12, 2015

Datica's New FHIR Documentation is Your Trusted FHIR Resource

Standing for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, FHIR, originally inspired by Graham Grieve, is the latest touchstone to be developed under the HL7 conglomerate.

June 11, 2015

The HIPAA Compliant Solution for Telehealth

Datica’s telehealth business partners leverage our HIPAA expertise to ensure they never have to pay a fine due to a HIPAA violation.

June 9, 2015

Assessment Series: HIPAA Risk Assessment

All organizations that are responsible for PHI are mandated to conduct a HIPAA risk assessment as the first step toward attaining true HIPAA compliance.

June 5, 2015

Zipnosis Diagnoses Datica in Our Latest Case Study

If you haven’t heard of Zipnosis yet, you’re missing out on some of the latest, greatest, and most convenient innovations to modern mainstream medicine.

June 4, 2015

Beware of HIPAA Ready Vendors!

Knowing the difference between being HIPAA ready and HIPAA compliant could save you some big risks and some even bigger costs.

June 2, 2015

HIPAA Legislation is in The House

On May 21, 2015, a bill to revise and clarify the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s contingencies on the application and release of PHI was pushed to The House of Represenatatives.

May 28, 2015

FHIR is on FIRE as We Release Our Latest Academy Entries

FHIR is a necessary development due to the current state of healthcare integration and interoperability and brings a better, more modern approach to ehr integrations.

May 4, 2015

How we process over 6,000,000 (and growing) HL7 messages a month

In a short period of time, Datica has hit several major milestones. As of May 2015, we are excited to share that we are processing over 6 million HL7 messages per month, with those numbers growing every day.

April 23, 2015

Record-breaking HIPAA violation settlements will change the compliance calculus

We are moving towards a future where overcommitment to compliance and larger investments in security are prerequisites for healthcare innovation.

April 21, 2015

HIMSS 2015 Recap

HIMSS 2015 was the conference for connecting with anybody in health tech, be they vendors, enterprises, government officials, consultants, or investors.

April 6, 2015

Apple's ResearchKit and Clinical Research: Opportunities and Challenges

Apple’s ResearchKit represents the first time a significant player in the consumer ecosystem has stepped into the esoteric world of clinical research.

March 30, 2015

With SXSW in the rearview, we look ahead to HIMSS 2015

SXSW was a blast. Catalyze had the chance to participate in a panel discussion for digital health startups. Our CEO Travis Good answered tough questions around HIPAA and regulation.

March 10, 2015

Integrating with EPIC (or any EHR)

Integrating with Epic, Cerner, Allscripts and every other EHR is a process — from security to management — that’s tricky, time consuming, and expensive.

March 6, 2015

How do you prove HIPAA compliance?

Without a doubt, this is one of the most important questions healthcare companies need to ask themselves and their partners: How to prove HIPAA compliance?

March 4, 2015

Datica Open Source

Contributing to open source projects and freely publishing tools we’ve built is what drives a lot of what we do and allows us to enable the future of compliance.

March 2, 2015

An interview with Chris Belmont, VP and CIO at MD Anderson

In this innovation series interview with Chris Belmont of UT MD Anderson Cancer Center shares important metrics for CIOs and how to manage transformation.

February 11, 2015

The Healthcare Innovator's Dilemma

Innovators in healthcare face a common dilemma: New technologies and tech-enabled services need to provide an ROI in two drastically different health systems.

February 6, 2015

Backend as a Service or Platform as a Service — Which is right for you?

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) – what does it all mean?

January 30, 2015

Customers In The News: Crossover Health

Earlier this week Datica customer Crossover Health raised $15 million in new funding lead by Norwest. Crossover is a fantastic company with a smart idea.

January 20, 2015

Start Mirth Connect as a Service on Boot

You want your Mirth Connect servers to be resilient to arbitrary reboots, but did you know you can start/restart your Mirth engine as a Linux service?

January 15, 2015

We Ask 20 Questions for Healthcare in 2015

Being fans of yearly predictions, we took Benedict Evans’ approach and applied it to healthcare. Here’s our guesses for 2015.

January 13, 2015

BAA isn't a Checkbox for HIPAA Compliance

While HIPAA compliant is a loaded term, simply signing a BAA in no way makes you compliant.

January 7, 2015

If a vendor won't sign a BAA, they aren't "HIPAA-compliant"

HIPAA compliance isn’t a sticker that you put on servers that wards off hackers and HHS. It’s a dedication to doing the right thing for users and their PHI every day.

December 31, 2014

Mirth Connect and Vulnerability Scanning

Periodic tips and tricks about Mirth Connect and HL7 integration.

December 18, 2014

Top 5 Things You Find In An Ideal Business Associate Agreement

Previously we talked about the importance of business associate agreements. But is there an ideal version everyone should pursue?

December 11, 2014

The Importance of Business Associate Agreements (BAAs)

Simply put, a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) defines responsibility, and thus liability, with respect to the handling of PHI data.

December 5, 2014

Customer Testimonial Released: IT Challenge Leads to Datica Solution

We think the words of our clients say more about Datica than our own. That’s why when one of our clients has a challenge that Datica can meet and exceed we let them tell you about it.

December 2, 2014

PACT In The News

PACT’s vision and the talented team behind it reminded us again why we at Datica love working with digital health companies trying to innovate within healthcare.

November 19, 2014

Selling health tech means minimizing risk

Selling to large healthcare enterprises is challenging, especially for digital health applications. The major sales challenge in this space is overcoming risk.

November 3, 2014

Configuration Management (Part 2) - Commanding your minions with Salt

With all of those minions running around, it can be like herding cats.

October 28, 2014

How the Epic/Healthkit integration actually works

You may already know Healthkit integrates with the Epic Mychart app, but here’s a look at how that Epic Healthkit integration most likely really works.

October 15, 2014


Another OpenSSL vulnerablility is affecting servers running SSL v3.0 - but it’s impact is low.

October 1, 2014

New White Paper: Making Enterprise Healthcare Sales Easier

Healthcare is complex, so it’s no wonder the sales process proves overly complicated.

September 26, 2014

CVE-2014-6271 Shellshock and the Catalyze Platform

Catalyze was made aware of a code execution exploit that affects bash, but no systems have been compromised, and a patch is released.

September 26, 2014

Catalyze BaaS Shellshock Update

Here’s what we know about Shellshock vulnerability, and how it affects your usage of BaaS.

September 25, 2014

Our company policies, now available free on GitHub

HIPAA compliance is complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. To make compliance easier for companies working with PHI, we open source our HIPAA policies.

September 24, 2014

Telemedicine On Verge Of Market Adoption

A group of researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, set out to determine patient desirability, feasibility, and viability with modern telemedicine options.

September 23, 2014

Zipnosis In The News

Zipnosis, a Datica customer, will join a group of 30 midwest startups who will get the opportunity to pitch to members of the Midwest Fortune 100.

September 11, 2014

Health News Roundup - 9/11/2014

A roundup of this week’s news in healthcare: CVS, Hospital Hacks, VA, Obamacare, Interoperability

September 5, 2014

New App Built By Veterans Addresses PTSD

As the nation has learned more about the challenges faced by veterans easing back into civilian life, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has gained the attention of the healthcare world. But it’s not just healthcare professionals putting in the effort to address PTSD. Veterans themselves are teaming up to support the lives of one another.

September 2, 2014

Health News Roundup - 9/2/2014

Breaches, new health data privacy requirements, a pharma accelerator, HealthKit, and new apps for veterans.

September 2, 2014

Digital Health Funding - 9/2/2014

Ybrain, MyDoc, AirStrip, uBiome, and more…

August 30, 2014

Who's really interpreting and enforcing HIPAA for startups?

Breaches and fines have been big news recently because a malicious hacker, or group of hackers, was able to gain access to health records.

June 10, 2014

What does HealthKit mean for healthcare?

Great journeys begin with a single step. Is Apple putting its considerable weight behind helping people take more control of their health?

June 3, 2014

What does HealthKit mean for mobile app developers?

HealthKit is important for developers — both data collectors and digital health app developers.

May 26, 2014

Compliance by Design

Security by design is upfront and well-documented in how things are made secure, relying on a proactive approach to security and patching as well as risk mitigation.

May 16, 2014

Let's encourage secure sharing of health data

An overwhelming majority of patients are already sharing data or would be willing to share data with providers and motivated patients are a very good thing.

May 13, 2014

The Health Internet of Things (IoT)

The health internet of things (health IoT) is essentially what most people in the industry today describe as connected health.

April 29, 2014

Getting Ready for Our Second Board Meeting

Board meetings and board management are pretty new to us. Our board is valuable to us. Our goal is to leverage our board as much as we can to help us grow Datica.

April 22, 2014

The three rules of product definition

How does one go about defining a product? What constitutes a product? Some musings on the topic and approaches that we like to take with some examples from other domains.

April 17, 2014

How long to keep medical records under HIPAA?

Guess what? HIPAA doesn’t say how long you have to keep medical records. This is a common misconception of HIPAA data retention policy.

April 11, 2014

How to Interpret Physician Billing

There are lots of variables that determine how physicians bill. One, relevant to this data, is the percent of patients in a practice that are on Medicare. It’s hard to compare a practice with 20% Medicare patients to a practice with 80% Medicare patients.

April 9, 2014

Our Journey to Series A

Datica’s journey to Series A started with what we learned over the last several years in our previous startups and through a countless number of discussions with people in the industry.

April 9, 2014

Changing Reimbursement Means New Opportunities

Mobile health, or mHealth, isn’t a panacea, but it is a catalyst for new processes, workflows, data collections, and ultimately care, whether that’s self care or clinician-provided care.

April 8, 2014

Down the road to HITRUST

One of the major problems with “HIPAA Compliance” is that the rules that make up HIPAA are more like recommendations than specific rules. Because of this, an emerging standard is starting to gain acceptance: HITRUST.

March 21, 2014

Inheritance and Ownership of Compliance Risk

The HIPAA Omnibus Rule accounted for the paradigm shift in technology development and cloud computing.

March 5, 2014

What is cloud computing? (and why it matters for compliance)

What are the essential characteristics of cloud computing? As we work with cloud-based vendors and enterprises in healthcare, we’re constantly fielding questions related to cloud deployments and models. This is our attempt to summarize what we’ve learned.

February 11, 2014

2014 Predictions - Meaningful Use Continues to Challenge IT Departments

What does “Meaningful Use” mean, and why is it needed?

February 4, 2014

2014 Predictions - Growth of Healthcare Clouds

In healthcare, the biggest drivers of cloud-based technologies have been the small, but fast growing, number hosted EHR and PM vendors.

February 3, 2014

Accountable Care Organizations & Population Health Management

Look for partnerships and potentially mergers and acquisition activities as vendors look to get an edge in this burgeoning market.

January 27, 2014

Planning for our first board meeting

We’re excited for our first real board meeting and will report back on how it fit our expectations.

January 13, 2014

2014 Predictions - Growth of Niche Digital Health

Why do focusing on niche offerings make so much sense in health and wellness?

January 11, 2014

The Challenge and Importance of Medication Adherence or America's Other Drug Problem

The fundamental problem of medication adherence is that consumers don’t do what they’re supposed to, or what we think is the logical thing to do.

January 8, 2014

2014 Predictions - Apps Changing to Platforms

This post covers the not-so-new trend of successful apps evolving into platforms.

January 6, 2014

Digital Health 2014 Predictions

So what’s in store for digital health over the next 12 months? Let’s take a look into the crystal ball.

November 23, 2013

The New Catalyze HQ!

We moved into a new office this week. There is finally an official Catalyze HQ!

November 18, 2013

Understanding Healthcare Vocabularies & Code Sets

Developers coming into healthcare are often confused as to why it’s so difficult to get data in and out of backend “systems of record” like EMRs.

July 15, 2013

Too early or just right?

We are enabling builders - both independent as well as within larger organizations - create solutions to power the future of health.

June 25, 2013

What is Backend as a Service and what does it mean in a healthcare context

We’re working on taking much of the discovery and drudgery out of building a healthcare-specific backend process (BaaS) with Datica Compliant Cloud.

June 10, 2013

StartMeUp Health Presentation

We’re presenting at the StartMeUp conference in Madison, Wisconsin.

June 10, 2013

StartMeUp Health Presentation

We’re presenting at the StartMeUp conference in Madison, Wisconsin.

June 3, 2013

Here's a new site and our first white paper!

We’re aannouncing our new website, and our first white paper.