Datica Company Blog Archives

March 24, 2020

ONC-CMS Final Rules, Part 3 – Innovation

Part three of the series dives deeper into final rules intended to promote competition as a means to drive innovation.

March 17, 2020

ONC-CMS Final Rules, Part 2 – Information Blocking

Part 2 of our ONC-CMS series dives deeper into the final rules on Information Blocking and explores how these provisions are intended to impact both technology and behavior.

March 12, 2020

ONC-CMS Final Rules, Part 1 – Interoperability

ONC and CMS have released the final rules on interoperability, information blocking, and other activities as part of implementing the 21st Century Cures Act. In part one of our blog series, we analyze what the final rules address and how it affects interoperability in health IT.

March 6, 2020

HIMSS is Cancelled, Now What? Four Things Health IT Companies Should Do Right Now

For the first time in 58 years, HIMSS has cancelled its global conference due to raised concerns about the coronavirus (COVID19). Here are four things you can do right now.

February 19, 2020

Six Things to Know Before HIMSS20

The annual HIMSS conference is the most anticipated conference in health IT. This year is no different. With an anticipated record-breaking attendance, HIMSS20 can feel overwhelming, especially if it is your first time attending. That’s why we put together our guide to HIMSS20 with helpful tips, so make the most of your time in Orlando!

February 12, 2020

Cybersecurity Conferences to Attend in 2020

Considering attending a few cybersecurity conferences this year, but not sure which would be worthwhile to attend? Well, look no further. We pulled together our list of the top 14 cybersecurity conferences that you should consider attending in 2020.

January 29, 2020

What is the Cost of HITRUST CSF Certification in 2020?

The costs for a HITRUST Certification in 2020 have gone up as the HITRUST CSF has evolved and become more complex.

January 23, 2020

Health IT Predictions for 2020

It’s January and that means it is time to make some predictions about health IT trends for 2020. This year, I am sticking with the categories of predictions based on patterns observed over the years.

January 13, 2020

Top 50 Health IT Conferences to Attend in 2020

To make it easier for you to plan your conference attendance schedule for 2020, we’ve compiled our picks for the 50 must-attend health IT conferences. These events are designed to connect healthcare professionals working in a variety of unique disciplines, touching on hot-button topics for today’s healthcare organizations.

January 13, 2020

Top 50 Health IT Conferences to Attend in 2020, Part 2

To make it easier for you to plan your conference attendance schedule for 2020, we’ve compiled our picks for the 50 must-attend health IT conferences. These events are designed to connect healthcare professionals working in a variety of unique disciplines, touching on hot-button topics for today’s healthcare organizations.

December 18, 2019

How to Comply When You Receive a HIPAA Breach Notification

A HIPAA breach isn’t beneficial for any parties involved, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare in advance to comply in the event a breach does happen.

December 11, 2019

Top 3 Cloud Compliance Takeaways from AWS re:Invent

Our team attended AWS re:Invent 2019 in Las Vegas from December 2-6. There was so much to see and do, so much to engage with and learn from. To recap our time at the conference, here’s a breakdown of key things we noted.

November 20, 2019

4 Tips to Know For AWS re:Invent 2019

Datica’s Chief Product Officer and experienced AWS re:Invent attendee helps you navigate one of the largest cloud events of the year. Get insights on travel, planning, sessions, and more!

November 11, 2019

What is a HITRUST CSF Self-Assessment?

Here’s what you need to know about the HITRUST CSF Self-Assessment, how it works, and how to determine if the self-assessment option is sufficient for your organization.

November 11, 2019


HITRUST and HIPAA are two critical topics in healthcare, but do you know how they differ? Let’s break it down and explore additional resources to learn more.

November 11, 2019

What Are HITRUST Requirements?

The healthcare regulatory landscape is complex. The HITRUST CSF is a framework designed and created to streamline regulatory compliance. Companies that implement HITRUST CSF controls and strive to meet HITRUST requirements are better equipped for audits and lower their regulatory risk, but what are those requirements?

November 11, 2019

What is the HITRUST Framework?

Most don’t realize HITRUST is not a framework at all, but an organization comprised of healthcare industry leaders. Let’s dive into the HITRUST CSF Framework, developed by the HITRUST organization, in partner with other technology and information security leaders.

November 11, 2019

Who is HITRUST CSF Certified?

The HITRUST certification is the highest Degree of Assurance a company can obtain. The HITRUST certification is increasingly required of business associates by some entities, such as health insurance providers, in order to ensure that business associates have the adequate security controls and protections in place to protect sensitive personal data.

October 17, 2019

Solving Healthcare Compliance in a Post-Cloud World

In a post-cloud world, balancing innovation and compliance will be key for healthcare companies. In this blog, we explore the critical factors for compliance.

October 10, 2019

Support for Amazon S3 and EC2 Now Available in Latest Release of Datica Monitor Cloud Compliance Management System

In this blog, we walkthrough our latest release of Datica Monitor and its added cloud compliance support capabilities for Amazon’s S3 and EC2 products.

September 25, 2019

Complete Cloud Compliance for Amazon RDS and Amazon ElastiCache

Being able to show complete cloud compliance with managed services like Amazon RDS and ElastiCache can be a challenge, unless you’re using Datica Monitor.

September 19, 2019

Health IT in the Cloud: Why It’s Inevitable and What You Need to Know Now

A brief recap from our “Health IT in the Cloud” presentation at Catalyst HTI in Denver.

September 12, 2019

50 Best HIPAA-Compliant Cloud Storage Solutions

Our list of the 50 best HIPAA-compliant cloud storage solutions will help you find the best solution with the functionality and features for your business.

September 12, 2019

50 Best HIPAA-Compliant Cloud Storage Solutions, Part 2

Part 2 of our list of the 50 best HIPAA-compliant cloud storage solutions will help you find the best solution with the functionality and features for your business.

August 20, 2019

What Are the HIPAA Cloud Compliance Options for Healthcare?

As healthcare moves to the cloud, organizations are looking for low-cost ways to provision the complex IT infrastructure and HIPAA-compliant applications, storage, and networking solutions that support a variety of core organizational functions to healthcare providers.

August 15, 2019

What are the Benefits of Cloud Computing in Healthcare?

The digitization of healthcare is occurring at a blistering pace – take a second to familiarize yourself with a few key concepts. From superior data security to enabling big data applications, the benefits of cloud computing in healthcare are clear.

August 1, 2019

5 Ways Electronic Health Records Improve Patient Care

The EHR has become one of the most important tools in the healthcare professional toolbox by putting data and analytics and the fingertips of providers. Here are 5 more ways that EHRs help improve patient outcomes, ease provider strain, and lower the cost of healthcare.

August 1, 2019

4 Tips for Successful EHR Interoperability

Data driven healthcare is set to revolutionize healthcare and health IT. However, to effectively leverage the data innovative applications need, health systems need their EHR to easily integrate clinical data into new systems. This is a massive challenge but, with this list, health system technology leaders will know where to start in creating an interoperable EHR.

August 1, 2019

Complete Guide to HL7 Standards

Understanding one of the most commonly used healthcare standards worldwide is just the beginning. Our complete guide to HL7 standards will get you on the way to becoming a health data exchange expert.

July 2, 2019

How to Improve Clinical Workflow: 50 Expert Tips

Healthcare organizations are embracing innovative technologies at a faster pace than ever before, but clinical workflow management remains a pain point for providers. As providers face pressure to do more in less time, technology tools like EHRs seem like a practical solution, yet implementing new technologies doesn’t always solve workflow issues.

July 2, 2019

How to Improve Clinical Workflow: 50 Expert Tips Part 2

Healthcare organizations are embracing innovative technologies at a faster pace than ever before, but clinical workflow management remains a pain point for providers. As providers face pressure to do more in less time, technology tools like EHRs seem like a practical solution, yet implementing new technologies doesn’t always solve workflow issues.

June 26, 2019

4 Ways Big Data is Transforming Healthcare Analytics

Big data and advanced analytics are poised to drive innovation across healthcare. Here are four ways that big data is already transforming analytics, what a big data driven healthcare may look like in the future, and some of the pressing challenges facing healthcare analytics.

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.

June 18, 2019

22 Health IT Experts Reveal the Single Best Way to Simplify Interoperability in Healthcare IT

We reached out to a panel of healthcare IT pros and asked them to answer this question: “What’s the single best way to simplify interoperability in healthcare IT?”

June 17, 2019

4 Reasons Why EHR Interoperability is a Mess (and How to Fix It)

Interoperability is crucial to accessing patient data for proactive care delivery and better outcomes. EHRs and other Health IT (HIT) systems must be able to communicate with each other to support accurate, efficient, and meaningful exchange of clinical data.

June 10, 2019

ONC & CMS Proposed Rules | Part 6: Payer Data Requirements

The new ONC & CMS proposed rules are also adding payer data requirements focused around APIs, electronic notification requirements, and data exchange between payers and participation in health information exchange networks.

May 14, 2019

4 Best Practices for Successful EHR Data Integration

Healthcare is creating mountains of data every single day. However, much of this data is isolated in data silos or formatted in non-standard systems. To effectively leverage this incredible resource, we provide four best practices for EHR data integration that organizations can use to be on the cutting of health IT and advanced analytics.

May 9, 2019

50 Best Fast Healthcare Interoperability (FHIR) Resources, Part 2

Part 2: Understanding Fast Helathcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) and their role in interoperability are important aspects in the modern world of healthcare. In this top list, we’ll continue the list of articles, podcasts, case studies, blogs, and forums to help with your FHIR knowledge.

May 8, 2019

Designing Safe and Effective Digital Health Applications

Health IT is on the cusp of an “App Revolution.” Careful attention to basic design principles combined with a methodical approach to screening and addressing issues can go a long way towards ensuring the revolution will be both safe and effective.

May 8, 2019

Innovation Amidst the Crisis: Health IT and the Opioid Abuse Epidemic – A Strategic Framework

This multi-part series will focus on the role technology can play in addressing the opioid crisis. Part one of the series proposed a strategic framework for evaluating and pursuing technical solutions.

May 8, 2019

50 Best Fast Healthcare Interoperability (FHIR) Resources

Understanding Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) and their role in interoperability are important aspects in the modern world of healthcare. In this top list, we’ll provide articles, podcasts, case studies, blogs, and forums to help with your FHIR knowledge.

May 6, 2019

ONC & CMS Proposed Rules | Part 5: Business Models

The ONC/CMS proposed rules have raised a lot of questions around business models, innovation, and profitability.

May 6, 2019

The IT Developer’s Guide to FHIR for Healthcare

We’ve put together this guide to provide IT developers with a comprehensive overview of FHIR, including the basics of how FHIR works, how to implement FHIR, and valuable learning resources for those who want to delve even deeper into FHIR.

April 19, 2019

ONC & CMS Proposed Rules | Part 4: Information Blocking

ONC and CMS have crafted an interlocking set of requirements, definitions and enforcement mechanisms to address the root causes of information blocking. Check out our analysis.

April 18, 2019

What is HL7?

HL7 is the most important standard currently used in healthcare but, while it is used in almost every health application and health system, there is still confusion over what it actually is and how it works. This article provides a high level summary of HL7, its strengths, weaknesses, and how APIs are changing the entire healthcare interoperability industry.

April 8, 2019

ONC & CMS Proposed Rules | Part 3: Data Requirements

Proposed final rules on interoperability, data blocking and other activities as part of implementing the 21st Century Cures Act have been set forth by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), which includes new data added to the Common Clinical Data Set (CCDS) used for ONC certification.

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 29, 2019

5 Keys To Simplifying Interoperability In Healthcare

Health IT is still a long way from achieving true interoperability. Here are five key steps to simplifying interoperability in healthcare.

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 18, 2019

ONC & CMS Proposed Rules | Part 2: Interoperability

The proposed rules explicitly mandate the adoption and use of application programming interface (API) technology (or a successor) for a simple reason: APIs have achieved powerful, scalable and efficient interoperability across much of the digital economy.

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.

March 4, 2019

Interoperability and Data Blocking | Part 1: Fostering Innovation

Health care has made substantial progress moving into the digital age and is positioned to build on this early success. Robust interoperability technology coupled with regulations designed to enhance competition are essential to accelerating and expanding this transformation.

March 4, 2019

What is FHIR?

The aim of FHIR is to address the growing digitization of the healthcare industry and the need for patient records to be readily “available, discoverable, and understandable.” Here’s a closer look at FHIR, its potential benefits and challenges.

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 21, 2019

Clinical Data Management Best Practices

Here’s a look at the challenges of clinical data management and the best practices you need to know to ensure the integrity of your data.

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

What is a Health Information System?

Information from a health information system can be used to drive policy- and decision-making, research, and ultimately health outcomes. Here’s what you need to know about the key components of a HIS, the various types, and benefits of HIS.

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 28, 2019

5 HL7 Integration Challenges (and How to Solve Them)

What is HL7 and how is it holding back healthcare interoperability? Here is our take on the challenges HL7 creates and the solutions that can overcome them.

January 24, 2019

Health IT Predictions for 2019

It’s January and that means it is time to brush the dust off of my crystal ball and make some predictions about health IT for the upcoming year. This year, I am adding categories of predictions based on patterns observed over the years.

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 22, 2019

VA-DoD: Winning the (ongoing) battle for interoperability

Pursuit of a broad, robust, API-based approach to interoperability will be crucial to delivering on the promise of world-class care that our active military, veterans and their families deserve.

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 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 11, 2018

Innovation Amidst the Crisis: Health IT and the Opioid Abuse Epidemic Part 3 – Clinical Decision Support

The digitalization of health care via deployment of electronic health records (EHRs) set the stage for clinical decision support (CDS).

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 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 23, 2018

Innovation Amidst Crisis: Health IT and the Opioid Abuse Epidemic – Fostering Situational Awareness

Situational awareness improves effectiveness and safety. In health care, we believe, the concept can be leveraged to identify, prevent, and curb opioid abuse.

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.

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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?

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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 25, 2017

APIs: An essential element of VA-DoD innovation

We make the case that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) selection of the same EMR being adopted by the Department of Defense (DoD), will not, in and of itself, solve the problem of fragmented medical records and better care.

July 18, 2017

APIs: A key weapon in winning VA-DoD interoperability

When the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it was going to migrate to Cerner’s EMR, the same system being adopted by the Department of Defense (DoD), many assumed that this will result in seamless exchange of data. However, simply deploying the same EMR won’t fix the problems. If the VA and DoD don’t simultaneously pursue robust interoperability based on APIs, true interoperability may never happen.

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. Let us show you the 5 Steps to 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 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 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.

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 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 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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 15, 2015

Where will healthcare be in 5 years?

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

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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?

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 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 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 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.

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.

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?

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.

March 21, 2014

Inheritance and Ownership of Compliance Risk

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

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.

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 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.