[ISN] Health IT security is ‘a collective problem’

http://www.clinical-innovation.com/topics/privacy-security/health-it-security-collective-problem By Luke Gale clinical-innovation.com Dec 17, 2012 Health IT’s integration into clinical practice will continue growing and it’s time for healthcare to commit to making a connected health landscape safer, according to Tim Zoph, keynote speaker at the Privacy and Security Forum hosted by the Health Information and Management Systems Society and Healthcare IT News. “We’re heading down a path of sophistication, but we’re not doing it with the foresight of security,” said Zoph, senior vice president and CIO of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare in Chicago. “The reality is there are too few companies investing in cyber security.” Since 2009, the Department of Health and Human Services has tallied a total of approximately 21 million individuals affected by the list of security breaches to date that involve more than 500 records. Surveys show that nearly two-thirds of patients affected by breaches lose confidence in the organization responsible and nearly one-third have considered changing providers due to privacy and security concerns, according to Zoph. Security concerns remain despite increased utilization of consumer-grade technologies like smartphones and tablets. Zoph estimated that there were 300 Northwestern employees using personal mobile devices for work-related purposes in 2009 and 2,500 currently. The increased use of mobile devices is not a problem and is probably beneficial to patients and providers, according to Zoph. “The most natural device in healthcare is one that’s mobile and always on. We have those now. It allows our workers to get ever closer to patients.” […]
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