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.
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.
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.
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.
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.