How Clinical Communication and Collaboration Platforms Ensure Patient Data Security
In recent years, cyberattacks have strained IT departments and shown the vulnerability of electronic health record (EHR) systems that store patient information. Over 85% of global healthcare organizations have endured operational outages due to a direct ransomware attack.
PSQH Quick Poll: Taking the Pulse of Patient Safety
As part of PSQH’s celebration of Patient Safety Awareness Week, we decided to reach out to our readers with a few questions to find out the state of patient safety efforts in 2023. Part of PSQH’s Patient Safety Awareness Week activities, this PSQH Quick Poll is presented in partnership with GOJO – the makers of Purell, Nuance, Origami Risk, and the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. The Quick Poll had a total of 105 respondents.
Healthcare Cybersecurity Preparedness and Response
While finding ways to prevent a cyberattack is important, it’s safest to presume an attacker will penetrate your defenses. Some organizations are so focused on remediating all vulnerabilities and issues that they overlook the possibility of attackers finding a novel way of getting into their system. But by having a practiced response process and working with experienced disaster mitigation vendors, personnel at your organization can feel more confident, comfortable, and prepared.
AMA Survey Cites Patient Concerns With Data Security
Almost 75% of those surveyed are concerned about protecting the privacy of personal health data. Only 20% of patients said they know how many companies and individuals have access to their data. The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling over abortion rights is heightening these concerns, the AMA says, since a lack of data privacy may put patients and physicians in legal jeopardy where states are restricting reproductive health services.
Operational Technology: Securing Pivotal Organizational Assets
Organizations introduce these systems and technologies to improve patient care, and they get the right personnel, training, and devices to ensure the improvement happens. Yet they often fail to consider the wider cybersecurity threats that the additions bring.
A Critical Operation: Managing Vendor Relationships in Healthcare
The average modern hospital relies on more than 1,300 external vendors, according to the Ponemon Institute. These third-party entities provide a range of functions, from surgical supplies to billing, and may have varying levels of access to private health information and other sensitive data in order to seamlessly deliver their services.
Healthcare Leaders React to New Cybersecurity Concerns
In this conversation with HealthLeaders, Phyllis Teater, chief information officer at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, discusses best practices and steps that healthcare organizations can take to strengthen their cybersecurity strategies.