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Security Corner With Noah Dermer: Halloween Edition

Do you think Halloween is scary? If you’re not protecting healthcare payment data at your organization, then I promise you that witches, goblins and ghouls will not be the scariest things you encounter this month. Security threats lurk everywhere for the healthcare industry, and without proper technology and best practices in place, you are putting your organization at risk of a breach.

In the spirit of Halloween, here are a few spookified tips to help you improve healthcare payment security at

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Safe Spring Cleaning: Tips for Properly Disposing of Data

This time of year always marks the start of spring cleaning in my household. I love spring cleaning for many reasons. Not only does it give me the chance to make new space in the garage, get the backyard ready for summer barbecues and rediscover all the books and knickknacks that had been hiding beneath my couch cushions all year — it gives a security guru like myself the opportunity to talk to healthcare organizations about the importance of proper

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10 Years Later: Healthcare Payment Security Lessons From 2008

The year 2008 brought new technology innovations that redefined today’s consumer. Of course, with all new innovation comes new malicious threats to the security of our information. Let’s take a look back at some of the highlights and lowlights of 2008 and see what healthcare can learn.

First Android Phone and Google App Store

On September 23, 2008, T-Mobile launched the G1 (HTC Dream), the first smartphone to use Google’s new operating system for mobile devices. One month later, Google launched the

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Let’s Play Ball! Your Home Run Guide to Integrating Payments Into Your Web Application or Portal

There’s nothing like a summer evening baseball game: the smell of popcorn, the fun of eating Cracker Jack and the thrill of cheering for your favorite team. At InstaMed, we have a few teams we root root root for – the Philadelphia office cheers for the Phillies and in our Newport Beach office, their home team is the Los Angeles Dodgers. As for me, I support the Milwaukee Brewers. In light of the summer baseball season, I decided to put

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Payer Security Focus: Compliance Versus Security

Every month, the Payer Security Focus will break down a different topic in security and compliance with information relevant to payers and actionable steps to help build a more robust security and compliance program at their organizations. This month’s topic is compliance versus security.

What is the Difference Between Compliance and Security?
To understand the importance of compliance and security in healthcare payments, first let’s clarify the difference between the terms compliance and security. Both are important to healthcare payments, but these

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Here Are the Certifications to Look for When Selecting a Payment Vendor

In healthcare, selecting a vendor to work with is a serious process that should not be taken lightly. It is important to research vendors and choose the right one, as you will be working with this vendor for many years to come. A major factor in your decision process should be the security and compliance certifications that your eligible vendors have earned. It is important to make sure that the payment vendors you decide to work with have the right

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5 Ways to Keep Healthcare Payments Secure All Summer Long

I love summer. The warm weather offers plenty of opportunities to participate in summer activities like grilling, going to the beach and fishing (although, you may remember from a previous blog post that I’m a bigger fan of talking about phishing).

If you’re a summer-loving security expert like me, then you’re always thinking about ways to protect your systems from security threats. Here are five ways to keep payment security cool at your organization all summer long.

Know How to Block Threats

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Spring Training Is Over: Is Your Payments Security Roster Set?

Now that spring training is over, your favorite major league teams’ rosters are set and baseball season is in full swing. That means thousands of fans are already flocking to their home team’s stadium to take in America’s past time. Believe it or not, a key component of the baseball experience is payment. From purchasing tickets online, to grabbing snacks at the concession stand and picking up a souvenir at the gift shop, the average baseball fan can encounter multiple

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Certificationology: The Art of Making Healthcare Payment Security Decisions As Conspicuously as You Choose Your March Madness Bracket

March Madness begins this month and I’ve been busy studying bracketology as closely as I examine healthcare payment security. In doing so, I can’t help but notice that the science and logic behind selecting the right NCAA basketball teams for your March Madness bracket is similar to the attention that needs to be given to security and compliance decisions in healthcare.

Now, I’m no Joe Lunardi and these picks won’t be featured on ESPN, but it’s important for healthcare organizations to

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The InstaMed Secure Token

Deliver a Seamless and Secure Online Consumer Payment Experience and Reduce PCI Scope Up to 90%

The InstaMed Secure Token enables healthcare organizations to deliver a seamless and secure online consumer payment experience within their existing portals with cardholder data never touching their servers. As a result, consumers can make one-time payments and also have full access to their digital wallet for future or recurring payments while using any device. Likewise, healthcare organizations significantly reduce their PCI compliance efforts and ensure

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