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8 Security Categories Healthcare Providers Need to Improve On

A new survey by HIMSS finds that many providers don't even cover the basics of IT security.
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The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has laid it out in black and white for heathcare providers to see: A recent survey by HIMSS found that too many healthcare providers are failing to deploy security basics, such as antimalware tools, firewalls and encryption.

Lee Kim, director of privacy and security at HIMSS, says she’s troubled that more than 20 percent of acute facilities (hospitals are those associated with hospitals) are failing to use firewalls. Further, more than half of non-acute facilities (physician's offices, mental health facilities, etc.) are failing to encrypt data at-rest or data in-transit.

Even with something as basic as antivirus and antimalware tools, only 84.9 percent of acute and 90.3 of non-acute facilities are using these tools. Acute facilities are defined as hospitals that treat patients and conduct surgeries, while non-acute facilities are more long-term care units, assisted living or other facilities to care for elderly patients.

“I think our number for antivirus and antimalware has to be more in excess of 99 percent,” she says. “I would have felt much better if the acute facilities approaches a B-plus, but it was more like a B-minus.”

Kim says it’s been very challenging to get executives in the healthcare field to focus on security, even with numerous high-profile breaches.

“Traditionally healthcare providers are in the business of savings lives, so the IT security staffs have a difficult time competing for budget dollars,” she explains. “As recent as five years ago, you would hear people saying that people wouldn’t want to attack a health care facility because they didn’t believe anyone would want to do harm to the patients.”

Kim says these attitudes are changing slowly, but with such low scores on basic security techniques like using encryption, network monitoring and analyzing logs, she admits there’s a great deal of work ahead in the healthcare field.

Read on to see eight of the healthcare industry's most troubling infosec weak points: 

 

Steve Zurier has more than 30 years of journalism and publishing experience and has covered networking, security, and IT as a writer and editor since 1992. Steve is based in Columbia, Md. View Full Bio
 

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AnnaK746
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1/29/2017 | 3:33:36 AM
security
I also very much concerned with the question about the security of applications. I would not like to know that my data is using someone. It's not good. How can you protect myself? I can use applications developed by reliable companies https://itechcraft.com/custom-healthcare-solutions/ .But how can I find out which companies are reliable?
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10/10/2016 | 7:26:54 AM
Online security
Increasiing and stepping up the game of online privacy is the key in remaining safe from those snooping eyes of the hackers and therefore it is essential to deploy military grade data protection tools like encryption, password protection and also securing your online activity and incoming traffic logs via a guaranteed secure vpn server. I use PureVPN as my vpn server because it has strict no logs policy and also offers 5 plus multi logins so that is a plus. 
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9/29/2016 | 4:50:20 PM
2FA or MFA
Great article on recommendations and protecting patient data- author missed out on 2 factor technology which is critical. 

Mohammed 
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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9/6/2016 | 7:25:30 PM
Irony
The irony is: To get medical/health information that you're fully entitled to, you have to jump through a zillion bureaucratic hoops.

Maybe I should hire a hacker to get my own medical information for me.  It'd probably be easier and possibly even more cost-effective than to deal with the dimwits in most hospitals' medical-records offices who lack basic critical-thinking skills and pay outrageous copying rates.  (One hospital I recently dealt with for a client: More than $0.75 per page!)
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