A recent breach at Connally Memorial Medical Center in Texas was caused by a business associate who lost a laptop that had PHI on an unencrypted drive. The business associate had signed the required business associate agreement with the health care provider, but the agreement did not contain a clause requiring that all ePHI be stored on encrypted devices. The resolution to the breach by Connally Memorial makes complete sense legally. As reported in the article, "Connally Memorial is updating its business associate agreement to include a requirement for the use of encryption on all portable devices."
Re-naming a company is fun, but challenging. For the team at what used to be called Intauleca, we wanted a new name that better reflected our mission of solving ePHI integrity challenges in healthcare organizations. With the support of the founder and the board, we started the process.
In a familiar story line for many CIOs, an employee of the NY Fire Department accessed ePHI (electronic protected health information) from a department system, then transferred it to a personal portable drive which was subsequently lost. The department learned of the missing hard drive on March 4, and started notifying impacted individuals in August. From the outside, it is too easy to cast stones at the FDNY for what appears to be an obvious procedural issue that should not have happened. The reality is much more nuanced.
With our seed round closed, and more hiring underway, it is time to move out of our investors space at Polaris Partners. They have been kind hosts, but we have outgrown the space. We will miss the ability to walk down the hall and get some council on what we are doing. Worse, and this is a big deal, is the access to one of our favorite foods -- Icelandic Skyr Yogurt. Their fridge was stocked with it. Polaris Ventures actually invested in Icelandic Provisions which explains the well stocked fridge. Great story about that here.
Two weeks ago we launched our public presence for Tausight. While the engineering team has been busy working away over the past year or so, there was no public image for the company. After a name change, we are now public.