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Cybersecurity, privacy and security continue to be top concerns in the healthcare industry.

According to the 2019 HIMSS U.S. Leadership and Workforce Survey report, “Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Security” was one of the only “defensive” business strategies respondents were asked about. The high level of concern expressed by providers, especially hospitals, suggests they grasp the need to protect business practices. The finding “has potential downstream implications for the market as other information and technology priorities … may be put on hold or ‘slow walked’ until the security concerns of organizations are settled.

Senator Asks AMA, HIMSS How to Improve Healthcare Cybersecurity

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, is calling on some of the healthcare sector’s biggest stakeholders to share what they are doing to prevent cyberattacks and how those efforts can be supported by the government.

In 2018 alone, 15 million patient records were breached, as hacking and phishing attacks continue to plague the sector at an alarming rate. Breached organizations can spend upwards of $1.4 million in recovery, including 64 percent more on advertising to off set reputational damage and minimize patient loss.

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5 cybersecurity threats healthcare faces in 2019 and beyond

Mobile device exploits, cloud based-data breaches, ransomware — these are just three of the major information security threats healthcare organizations will have to watch out for in 2019 and the years that follow.

It will be critical to ensure that information communication technology (ICT) infrastructure is secure, a task that has become exponentially more complicated due to the proliferation of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, which are used by healthcare professionals in the field and in hospitals.

In addition to securing mobile devices, the proliferation of connected devices like medical equipment and other Web connected elements—the Internet of Things (IoT)— can be particularly weak security endpoints, and need to be properly secured and updated at all times.

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Cybersecurity, privacy top healthcare leader concerns

Cyberattacks and data breaches are a growing problem in healthcare. A recent Protenus report tallied 503 separate incidents in 2018, affecting nearly 15.1 million patient records. Of those, 139 involved people working inside the organization and 45 of those had malicious intent.

Despite the threat, many healthcare organizations have been slow to make cybersecurity a priority. In a 2017 Black Book Market Research survey, just 15% of organizations reported having a chief information security officer and more than half said they don’t perform routine risk assessments.

That could be changing.

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