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Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania Chapter

Allentown, PA

Next Chapter Meeting

Title/topic: Leveraging the Cloud for Your Practice
Speaker: George Sanchez, Owner of TeamLogic IT
Date: 06/21/2017
Time: 07:30 AM - 09:30 AM

St. Luke's University Hospital - Allentown Campus
Ground Conference Room
1736 Hamilton Street
Allentown PA 18104

Please PARK in FREE Parking Garage located on 18th Street, behind the Hospital. Walk in the 1st FLOOR entrance in the Garage, up one flight of steps/or elevator - to the Registration Desk on the 1st FLOOR. Follow the hallway to the RIGHT and walk past the Dimmig Education Center on your RIGHT. Go to the elevators and take them to the GROUND FLOOR. Exit LEFT, and Enter the GROUND CONFERENCE ROOM about midway up the hall on the RIGHT.

Healthcare software systems leveraging cloud-based computing and cloud services offer an array of benefits in comparison to in-house systems; including economic, operational and functional advantages.

When considering whether to use cloud computing, medical practices must have a clear understanding of the unique benefits and risks.

From cloud-based EHR to file-sharing to communication, examine the different types of cloud computing and the advantages it can provide for medical practices.

Breakfast will be provided so please be sure to RSVP for headcount.


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Chapter News

04/28/2017 - Scholarships for National Conference
Our Lehigh Valley Chapter is offering 2 full paid scholarships to attend the National PAHCOM conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida from October 16th - 19th. The deadline to apply for our LV Chapter scholarships is May 31st. Winners will be announced in July. To obtain a scholarship application, please contact Chapter President, Cindy Fisher. We encourage all Chapter members to apply. Attending the National Conference is something all members should experience. For information on the National Conference, go to the Education & Certification tab and click on 29th Annual Conference.

03/29/2017 - Are you prepared and protected from a Data Breach?
The Lehigh Valley Chapter held our monthly meeting on March 29, 2017. Our presenter was Brian Courtney, RPLU, AAI, from The Safegard Group, an insurance broker and risk management firm. His topic was entitled “The School of Hard Knocks: Lessons Learned from Recent Data Breaches." The healthcare sector continues to be at risk for data breaches. Healthcare will continue to be the focal point for hackers because medical identity theft is lucrative and easy for cyber criminals to exploit. As employers and employees in the healthcare industry we need to stay vigilant and diligent in our role to protect all health information from phishing or ransomware attacks. Security breaches are no longer just possible. They are inevitable. There are some important steps that you can take to protect your organization from a potential data breach. Conduct risk assessments to see where you are vulnerable and what can you do to protect your organization. Make sure your passwords are not weak or accessible to others. Encryption on mobile devices such as laptops and smart phones is essential. Make sure that Business Associate Agreements shift risk toward the Business Associate for their negligence. Be sure to have detailed and well thought out Data Breach Response Planning. Insurance policies are important, but often do not provide enough coverage in the right areas. It is very important that you have security policies in place; review them with your staff and hold ongoing training of your staff on their responsibility in keeping your office secure and HIPAA compliant. If you have any questions for our speaker, he can be reached by email at


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