Auriga’s Top 3 Focus Areas for 2017

A new year has already begun, and the time has come to make new plans, set ambitious goals, and rethink priorities for the year ahead. In other words, it is time for us all to choose our direction and decide on our areas of focus. As for Auriga, we plan to deepen our expertise in software development for medical devices and implement the latest digital technologies in our new projects while at the same time staying focused on embedded software development. Continue reading

Auriga Releases Open-Source HL7 Library

The amount of patient data generated by various medical devices, wearables, and healthcare apps grows every day. However, hospitals can make use of all this information only in case when their devices and software systems communicate via a common protocol. One of such protocols that allow healthcare apps to securely exchange sensitive patient clinical data with each other is Health Level 7 (HL7), – a globally accepted, widely accredited, and one of the most commonly used set of interoperability standards in the world.

Auriga has strived to become part of the HL7 expert community and enhance its expertise in health data interoperability. A year ago, Auriga launched a new in-house initiative on the development of an open-source library to provide interoperability for medical devices based on the HL7 protocol. In December 2016, our engineers finally released the solution. Continue reading

Health InfoSec: How to Stay Ahead of Cyber Threats

The healthcare industry was a major target for cybercriminals in 2015, the worst year in history for healthcare data breaches. Thus, it comes as no surprise that in 2016, information security is considered the top health IT concern. Patient data protection has become a critical business priority for all healthcare organizations, regardless of their size or scope, as every vulnerability puts their reputations and financial performance at risk. Continue reading

Health InfoSec: The Wellbeing of the Healthcare Industry in the Era of Cyber-Attacks

The healthcare industry is going through a digital revolution. Hospitals pay more attention to technology than ever before. Both patients and professionals realize the benefits of telemedicine, mHealth, wearables, and smart devices and systems. Patient electronic medical records are entered online, letting patients access their own health data from home, helping doctors collaborate with each other remotely, and giving medical researchers access to millions of healthcare records.

But this transformation comes at the cost of security. Digital patient records have become a prime target for hackers due to the huge amount of sensitive information they contain. According to the newly released Study on Privacy and Security of Healthcare Data by the Ponemon Institute, nearly 90% of healthcare organizations experienced at least one data breach in the past two years, and 45% of them had more than five. Continue reading