With electronic health record (EHR) investments not consuming as much of a healthcare provider’s budget, leaders have an opportunity to take additional steps in their digital transformation journey to protect their patients and their organizations. There is no denying the need and importance for the adoption of sophisticated cybersecurity measures. According to a 2019 CIO survey, 83% of healthcare CIOs are increasing spending on cybersecurity1. This is encouraging because healthcare organizations tend to spend only half as much on cybersecurity as other industries, yet healthcare led all other industries in cybersecurity breaches in 20182.
With so many different areas to focus on, it can be challenging to know where to start. Here are 5 ways healthcare organizations can better protect patient privacy.
Establishing a proactive defense
The healthcare industry faces an increasingly complex security climate and stricter standards for compliance. Taking proactive measures and seeking assistance from qualified network security providers with expertise in healthcare IT will help to ensure your organization is properly prepared for anything.
Melinda Cisneros is a Healthcare Services Consultant at Windstream Enterprise and healthcare industry subject matter expert with more than 10 years of experience working as a liaison between healthcare facilities and the information technology department at BJC Healthcare. She previously held positions as a Healthcare Advocate, Mobility Account Manager and an Applications Sales overlay supporting unified communications, strategic services and security for AT&T’s healthcare accounts. Melinda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas.
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