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Cybersecurity & Healthcare: Does Cybersecurity Act Help or Hurt?
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ChloeMica
ChloeMica,
User Rank: Apprentice
2/17/2016 | 3:18:41 AM
Re: Bankers and financiers have a direct understanding of risk, healthcare pros see risk differently
Improving operational efficiency and reducing cost, while also improving the quality of care is a global healthcare challenge.

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royhugginsms
royhugginsms,
User Rank: Apprentice
2/13/2016 | 4:01:36 PM
Bankers and financiers have a direct understanding of risk, healthcare pros see risk differently
Firtly, thank you for this essay. It hits a lot of my frustration points, most especially the fact that committees trying to develop best practices could never keep up with security needs.

As a health care guy (mental health) who spends a lot of time consulting and training other health care pros on security in their small practices, I can say that we don't have a solid idea of risk management as a paradigm for protecting information. We work with risk all the time in clinical contexts, e.g. risk of self-harm or risk that certain activities or treatments could result in harm to a client/patient.

The idea of information security, however, is entirely grounded in "best practices" for us. Clinicians look to professional organizations for these best practices, and those orgs have little-to-no idea how to manage them.

When administrators try to advise and guide clinicians according to regs like HIPAA, we often chafe against it because those administrators are usually focused on the concept of "compliance," which feels antithetical to the concept of "care."

My point is: I think healthcare will continue to have significant security issues until healthcare professionals and security professionals learn to understand each other, much like healthcare pros and attorneys have managed to do over the years. 

 
RetiredUser
RetiredUser,
User Rank: Ninja
2/12/2016 | 3:01:40 PM
Red Tape, Red Coffers
I pretty much agree with you here.  And, oh God - I actually read the whole subsection on Healthcare, including a good portion of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015.  What is it about formal Government process that just screams bleeding coffers from the outset?  Not to mention the muddled standards that are hard-to-read and inspire reactions of "yeah, obvious" and "in what world are you living".  

In the time it took to draft the Act, the game changed.  In the time it takes to pass the Act, the game will have changed again.  In the time it takes to form committees, auditing teams, processes, checks and balances...  

You called it: Healthcare needs to treat security the way Financial institutions (finally) are starting to.  Don't look to Government standards or regulations; get on the ball and hire the right InfoSec resources who are current, relevant and part of the hacking landscape.

As always, the distance between the Red Tape lovers and the tech community is light-years apart.

  


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