Solution Provider Examines Cybersecurity for Patient Information
NEW YORK, February 9, 2017 – With HIMSS17 scheduled for February 19th through 23rd in Orlando, the annual conference will bring together more than 40,000 health professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors to address issues, concerns and new approaches toward improving the health sector, and security will be one of the leading topics of discussion. Cybersecurity has become an area of great interest in the health sector and a top priority for healthcare CIOs. With over 100 data breaches among healthcare organizations in the past year alone, industry experts estimate the cost for lost records in 2016 was nearly $3 billion.1 While all breaches are not directly related to the electronic health record (EHR) or billing systems, that’s where cybercriminals tend to go first to acquire valuable patient data. According to Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, the healthcare-focused arm of Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), there are key aspects of securing patient information within the EHR and across the healthcare network that must be addressed holistically. To help jumpstart that conversation, the healthcare security experts at Logicalis have outlined five of the top security issues quickly becoming top-of-mind among healthcare CIOs.
“We need to balance ease-of-use and ease-of-access to patient data with the ability to secure this information not just within the health entity itself, but across all member health organizations that support it. Understanding data flow and system connectivity is key,” says Ed Simcox, Healthcare Practice Leader, Logicalis Healthcare Solutions. “As a result, healthcare CIOs must take a holistic, collaborative and consultative approach to security – examining the systems and human interaction of patient information throughout its entire lifecycle.”
“You have to take an architectural approach to healthcare security looking at the whole organization and all data interaction points, not just the sum of its parts,” says Ron Temske, Vice President, Security Solutions, Logicalis US. “Don’t fall prey to buying disparate best-of-breed solutions which are often deployed in isolation. Without proper integration and sharing of actionable threat intelligence, you won’t have an effective holistic view of your security.”
Cybersecurity is one of the most important issues healthcare IT professionals face today. Below are the five security topics expected to top HIMSS17 conversations. Logicalis Healthcare Solutions suggests healthcare CIOs open an internal dialogue, explore questions with colleagues and engage an experienced solution provider who understands the complexities of security and healthcare IT. Taking a proactive approach to complex issues will ensure healthcare IT leaders ask the right questions and implement effective strategies to avoid costly breaches before they occur.
1 Modern Healthcare, January 20, 2017; “Vital Signs: How America’s Youth is Key to Fixing the Sad State of Cybersecurity.”
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