Healthcare IT leaders address cybersecurity risks in Senate briefing

As healthcare becomes increasingly digitized, providers find themselves at growing risk of a cyber attack. These attacks not only pose a threat to personal identity, but also patient safety given the growing number of internet-enabled devices.

College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) members take their role of safeguarding their intuitions from nefarious actors very seriously. Hospital CIOs continue to ramp up such security measures as single sign-on, identity management and data loss prevention. According to the 2015 Healthcare’s Most Wired Survey, 94 percent of Most Wired hospitals have privacy audit systems in place and 79 percent conduct cybersecurity tabletop exercises.

As part of National Health IT Week, CHIME, along with HIMSS and the Association for Executives in Health Information Security (AEHIS), will hold a briefing Tuesday, Oct. 6, “Cybersecurity in Healthcare: The Growing Challenge of Securing Patient Data.” Leaders from across the industry will highlight efforts being taken to protect patient data.

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