Secure Your Clinics Wireless Access With These 8 Changes

1. Use WPA2 or WPA3 but not WEP encryption

WPA2 has become the industry standard. If you access your router settings you’ll likely see 4 options: Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), version 2 (WPA2), and version 3 (WPA3). As the oldest, WEP encryption is somewhat out of date. WPA2 is the industry standard. WPA3 covers up some security gaps in WPA2.

2. Disable WPS, uPnP, and NAT-PMP

WPS stands for Wi-Fi Protected set-up. It’s essentially administrative access for your router. Someone simply needs to look at some settings on your router. With a snapshot of the numbers on your router, they have a free pass to your wi-fi network. This essentially lets them bypass any password you set up and get right onto your network. If possible, avoid routers that support WPS as they can be a beacon to enterprising hackers.

UPnP and Nat-PMP are essentially the same things. UPnP, or Universal Plug-n-Play, was developed by Microsoft and Nat-PMP, or NAT Port Mapping Protocol, was developed by Apple. These essentially allow for universal plug-n-play, which gives devices access to your Wi-Fi network. This setting gives devices a free pass to your network. The problem is that these devices can be hacked. Even light bulbs can be hacked. These three settings all give access to your network and while they can make setting up a new device easier, it also makes hacking you much easier too.

3. Disable WAN Administrator Access

WAN stands for Wide Area Network (WAN). WAN Admin settings can allow for remote management or for a remote admin. This allows someone to remotely access your router. This is another opportunity for someone to find their way onto your router and potentially make changes to lock you out. The more control you have over your router the better. After all, you don’t need some disgruntled Time Warner employee stealing your identity because of a simple setting.

4. Change SSID Name

This is a general part of the router setup. You’ll want to give your router a name. But it’s best to try and keep it from being easily identified as you. Avoid using your name, address, the router brand, and of course the system default. You’ll also want to avoid anything too provocative like listing the FBI, NSA, or something that might make you a target. We can often ignore Wi-Fi networks in our rush to connect to the Internet. But cybercriminals get off on combing the net looking to start trouble or scam some cash. The lower profile and harder to crack your network name, the better.

5. Change the Default WiFi Password

Your Internet technician will likely not want to take the extra few minutes to help you change this. But some Wi-Fi passwords are defaults that are way too easily found out. If you leave your router with the default password it’s more likely someone can find the password and get onto your network vs. it remaining completely safe. Over time, this information can find its way online, on the dark web, or become part of a breach. You might not even know that you were hacked. In 2020, a hacker leaked passwords for more than 500,000 servers, routers, and IoT devices.

6. Make Admin Password Different than the WiFi Password

Password safety 101 is to never use the same password twice. In general, you don’t want an account with admin access to have the same password as what you use for general use. This can be accounts on your computer, log-ins for your clinic, and even your Wi-Fi. Since you may end up deep diving to be able to change all of these, be sure to figure out how to ensure that the administrator password is different from your standard network password. You wouldn’t want everyone who uses your Internet to be able to change vital privacy settings.

7. Configure a Guest Network

If this setting is an option, it can be a security game-changer. By configuring a guest network you ensure that only you know your Wi-Fi password. You can create a guest network or login that’s strictly for strangers. You can also use this for setting up devices and anything you think might put your network at risk. Restricting who has your password is a major part of Wi-Fi safety. It may not seem so when you share it with house guests and friends, but that information can be used to get onto your network. With the popularity of IoT devices, you may want to have them on their own guest network to keep security gaps from putting our network at risk.

8. Enable Automatic Firmware Updates

Ensure you’ve enabled automatic updates on your router’s firmware. If not, you might miss valuable security patches and other protective updates. If you can not set this to automatically update, you should check for updates monthly. When you do update, be sure you double-check all the settings each and every time you install a firmware update. They may default to changing for less aware users but those changes can up your risk factor.

We all need the Internet. Setting up your router can be the first of a long list of things when you move or start a new clinic. That stress can keep you from important changes that you should change to have the most secure network you can. Thinking defaults are fine or listening to a harried technician can make you vulnerable to all the cybercriminals, lurkers, and hackers who are hoping you opt for the default settings.

Elevate Your Clinic’s Productivity: Why LibreOffice Should Be Your Next Office Suite

In the fast-paced world of healthcare, where precision, collaboration, and cost-effectiveness are critical, the choice of office suite plays a pivotal role in streamlining clinic operations. LibreOffice, an open-source office suite, emerges as a compelling solution that brings a host of benefits to the healthcare table. Here’s why your clinic should consider LibreOffice for its next office suite:

1. Cost Efficiency: Healthcare budgets are carefully managed, and LibreOffice offers a cost-effective alternative to proprietary office suites. As an open-source solution, it comes with a price tag that won’t break the bank, allowing your clinic to allocate resources where they matter most—patient care.

2. Interoperability and Compatibility: Collaboration is the cornerstone of effective healthcare delivery. LibreOffice ensures seamless interoperability with other office suites, facilitating easy sharing and collaboration on documents. This compatibility is crucial for maintaining consistency in data exchange with other healthcare providers.

3. Privacy and Security: Patient confidentiality is a top priority in healthcare. LibreOffice prioritizes privacy and security, offering robust encryption options and secure handling of sensitive information. With its open-source nature, the software benefits from continuous scrutiny and improvement by a global community, enhancing its security features.

4. Tailored to Clinic Needs: Every clinic has unique requirements when it comes to document management. LibreOffice’s open-source nature allows for extensive customization. Tailor the office suite to meet your clinic’s specific needs, whether it’s creating templates for medical records, invoices, or appointment schedules.

5. Cross-Platform Accessibility: Clinic workflows are diverse, with professionals using different devices and operating systems. LibreOffice is a cross-platform solution, ensuring that your clinic’s staff can access and collaborate on documents seamlessly, whether they are using Windows, macOS, or Linux.

6. Feature-Rich Applications: LibreOffice comprises a suite of robust applications, including Writer for word processing, Calc for spreadsheets, and Impress for presentations. These applications provide a comprehensive set of features, rivaling those of proprietary office suites, empowering your clinic to handle a wide range of document needs.

7. Community Support and Continuous Development: LibreOffice benefits from a thriving community of users and developers dedicated to its improvement. Regular updates and ongoing support ensure that the software remains current and responsive to the evolving needs of clinics. By choosing LibreOffice, your clinic becomes part of a collaborative ecosystem committed to innovation.

Download LibreOffice Now and Transform Your Clinic’s Document Management: Download LibreOffice

Conclusion: In the realm of healthcare, where precision and efficiency are paramount, the choice of office suite can significantly impact clinic operations. LibreOffice stands out as a cost-effective, secure, and customizable solution that aligns seamlessly with the unique needs of healthcare providers. By adopting LibreOffice, your clinic not only enhances document management but also contributes to the global community driving open-source innovation in healthcare. Download LibreOffice today and elevate your clinic’s productivity to new heights.

Echoplex Forges Strategic Partnership with Bell Canada, Elevating Offerings as a Value Added Partner

CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO, November 1, 2023 — Echoplex, a leading player in Healthcare ICT Solutions, proudly announces its latest milestone as it joins forces with Bell Canada as a designated Value Added Partner. This collaboration marks a significant step in expanding Echoplex’s service portfolio, offering clients a comprehensive suite of telecommunications solutions.

The partnership positions Echoplex to deliver a range of cutting-edge services, including Mobility, Business Fax Lines, SIP Trunking, Business Internet Service, Business Internet Dedicated (BID), Private Networks (IPVPN / EI / Wavelength), and Managed Services (SD-WAN / WAN / LAN / WiFi). This strategic alignment with Bell Canada enhances Echoplex’s ability to meet the diverse needs of businesses seeking robust and scalable telecommunications solutions.

“At Echoplex, we are dedicated to providing our clients with the highest quality services and solutions. Partnering with Bell Canada as a Value Added Partner aligns perfectly with our commitment to excellence,” said Gary Chisholm, Chief Technology Office at Echoplex. “This collaboration empowers us to offer an extended range of services, ensuring that our clients benefit from the latest advancements in telecommunications technology.”

As a Value Added Partner, Echoplex gains access to Bell Canada’s cutting-edge infrastructure and expertise, enabling the delivery of innovative solutions tailored to meet the unique requirements of businesses across various industries. Clients can now leverage Echoplex’s enhanced service offerings to optimize their communications infrastructure, streamline operations, and stay ahead in an ever-evolving digital landscape.

This partnership underscores Echoplex’s dedication to staying at the forefront of industry trends and providing unparalleled value to its clients. The company looks forward to the positive impact this collaboration will have on its clients’ business operations and overall connectivity.

For further information about Echoplex and its partnership with Bell Canada, please contact:

Echoplex at 1-888-858-3246

About Echoplex: Echoplex is a healthcare-focused information communications technology provider dedicated to delivering innovative and reliable solutions to clinics of all sizes. With a commitment to excellence, Echoplex empowers its clients to stay connected, streamline operations, and thrive in the digital health era.

PrescribeIT: Canada’s Electronic Prescription Service

PrescribeIT®, Canada’s not-for-profit e-prescribing service, enables clinical communications between prescribers and pharmacists.

Send prescriptions and process renewal requests within your EMR – at no extra cost. Offered by Canada Health Infoway, PrescribeIT® is a powerful national ePrescribing service that helps make medication management safer, and allows direct communication between prescribers and pharmacists.

Send a script that includes key patient data

With PrescribeIT®, a prescription is more than a piece of paper. Key patient information such as demographics, allergies, contraindications, height and weight is sent with the prescription.

Manage renewal requests from your EMR

Save time and help reduce phone tag, faxes, manual data entry, and transcription errors by conveniently reviewing and processing prescription renewal requests from the pharmacy right in your EMR.

Enhance patient experience and safety

With access to key patient data and insights on prescription activity, the care team is better informed, which can help them align on patient medication therapy.

Online Appointment Booking Standard

Online Appointment Booking is a convenient way to coordinate care for both patients and providers.

“Online Appointment Booking is an excellent option for many patients and caregivers to independently schedule an appointment that meets their availability.” – Dr. Neil Naik, Family Physician, KW4 Ontario Health Team

As part of the province’s Digital First for Health strategy, Ontario Health, in consultation with the Ministry of Health, health care providers, patients, and others, has developed a provincial standard and user resources to support the implementation of online appointment booking for primary care providers in Ontario. Online appointment booking is recommended by Ontario Health, as it is convenient and beneficial for both providers and patients.

What is Online Appointment Booking?

Online appointment booking solutions enable patients to book in-person, video, or telephone appointments electronically, by choosing a date and time and receiving an automated appointment confirmation, all in a self-serve environment available 24/7.

In addition to booking appointments, online appointment booking solutions also offer other beneficial features like automated e-mail, text message and voice reminders.

Benefits for providers:

  • Safe, secure, solutions that protect patient privacy
  • Improved administration capacity
  • Increased efficiency
  • Data availability
  • Digital health record integration
  • Reduced no-show rates
  • Fewer scheduling gaps

Benefits of online appointment booking for Ontarians include:

  • Convenient, 24/7 access to booking options
  • Automated appointment confirmation and reminders, with appointment details
  • Fewer or no phone calls required
  • Ease of integrating appointments into personal electronic calendars
  • Ability to self-book appointments for patients with hearing impairment
  • Designated caregivers can access and book appointments for the people they care for

Funding for online appointment booking

We welcome submissions from Indigenous health care organizations, including those serving First Nations, Inuit, Métis and Urban Indigenous persons, Ontario Health Teams and other eligible health care organizations.

Interested organizations should discuss this funding opportunity with their region who will help identify initiatives that best meet the funding criteria and align with regional priorities.

The objectives of this funding are to:

  • strengthen existing primary care networks within Ontario Health Teams.
  • improve the patient experience by enabling more Ontarians to book an online appointment with their primary care team.
  • support timely access to care and improve office efficiency within an integrated care environment.

Online Appointment Booking 2023-24 Funding Guidelines Link to a Document

Online Appointment Booking Funding Request 2023-24 Link to a Document

Ontario Health Provincial Standard

The Online Appointment Booking service standard outlines mandatory and recommended functional and non-functional requirements for digital solutions used by health care organizations and providers to support patient-initiated online appointment booking. The requirements of the standard do not attempt to define requirements for every function of online appointment booking solutions.

The standard is recommended for use by Ontario Health Teams, health care providers, health care organizations, and vendors to assist with the procurement process, ensuring that the technology selected meets the minimum mandatory requirements outlined in the standard.

View the Online Appointment Booking Standard