By Sean Hughes
Healthcare has seen one of the most significant utilizations and adoptions of technology in its history over the past several years in our drive to achieve meaningful use, engage patients, and connect and share data internally and externally with traditional and new partners. According to a 2016 HeatlhITDashboard report, 95% of all eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals have demonstrated meaningful use of certified health IT. This includes 60% of all U.S. office-based physicians, 20% of all Nurse Practitioners, and 2% of all Physician Assistants.
This has resulted in more data than ever before being created, stored, and transmitted in and through the healthcare ecosystem. This has not gone unnoticed by individuals that would mean harm or look to profit from that data. Breaches are on the rise and healthcare is at the forefront of the attention of those looking to access this data. According to the Ponemon Institute 2017 Cost of a Breach Report, the value of the data we have is higher than any other industry with a per capita cost of $380 compared to an overall average of $225. Those looking to gain unauthorized access to our data see the higher value and are putting more effort into their endeavors.
While we have been implementing and using all the technology healthcare has to offer, we have also been spending significant money and time on securing our environment to address the increased attention that has resulted in more breaches and more attacks with increasing sophistication. Even with this spend and expense of effort, healthcare continues to struggle with inadequate budget and resources to combat the growing security threats. The effort has been on hardening our data centers and endpoint computing devices, developing programmatic approaches, and deploying technology to ensure that outside actors cannot gain access. The question is have we covered it all? [Read more…]