Healthcare data breaches reached an all-time high this past July. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights records showed that data from 858,411 individuals were put at risk. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily surprising news, but it does serve as a reminder that a single breach can expose thousands of patient records and put individual personal information at risk for fraudulent activity. It also can be a costly event for healthcare providers from a financial and reputational perspective.
In a recent article for HealthData Management, Steve Cochran, chief technology officer for GHX, explained how a security framework using standard, best practices for healthcare providers is imperative for this valuable data. There are a variety of security challenges facing healthcare providers, but typically ransomware attacks are of the greatest concern today. This type of attack doesn’t directly impact patients or physicians but does disrupt service for functions such as supply chain, which can impact patient care.
For hospital and health system CIOs, keeping patient and business data protected and systems up and running are the primary concerns. Any intrusion or data exposure can affect both patient personal health information (PHI) and the organization from a consumer confidence perspective. With this in mind, CIOs should ask these strategic questions when developing their security strategy and framework.
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