[ISN] Healthcare Cybersecurity Still Top Issue, Says CHIME Leader

http://healthitsecurity.com/2015/01/14/healthcare-cybersecurity-still-top-issue-says-chime-leader/ By Elizabeth Snell Health IT Security January 14, 2015 While new technology can give cyber criminals new outlets to gain access to protected health information (PHI), it also gives more opportunities to healthcare organizations to keep that data safe. Moreover, healthcare cybersecurity is an area that the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) hopes to be a leader in, according to 2015 CHIME Board of Trustees Chair Charles Christian, FCHIME, LCHIME, CHCIO. In an interview with EHRIntelligence.com, Christian explained that positive patient identification and cybersecurity are some of the top health IT challenges in 2015. The national patient identifier is one area in particular that has benefited from evolving technologies, Christian said. Now, there are numerous options that can protect data while it is in motion and at-rest. Moreover, one of CHIME’s goals is to ensure that its members are properly educated on the best practices to keep all data secure. The patient identifier is a critical matter for the healthcare industry, according to Christian. “We’re going to find that care for the patient is going to be provided at a much different level than it ever has before because they’re trying to bend the cost curve down,” he said. “In order to do that, they’re going to have to find other alternatives for primary or urgent care.” […]