Recent Breaches Raise Concern About Healthcare Cybersecurity

Hardly a week passes by these days without news of another breach in the healthcare industry. Companies in this sector have been hit especially hard with “mega-breaches,” incidents that expose thousands to millions of records in one attack. This news highlights the clear vulnerabilities in this sector and the desperate need for healthcare providers to better protect their patients’ data.   Recent Healthcare Cybersecurity News In recent weeks, two major breaches have come to light that exposed names, social security numbers and more crucial information. Rush System for Health notified 45,000 patients last week that their data may have been compromised in an attack discovered on January 22nd, according to…

Why Healthcare Organizations Need Strong Cybersecurity

Hospitals and medical practices house a goldmine of valuable patient information for hackers. Personal information such as birthdays, credit card information and medical history are entered into a database after visiting the doctor’s office. For this reason, medical practices are one of the largest targets for data breaches and should uphold strong cybersecurity measures.   Education Cybersecurity starts with the people who use the network most frequently: the employees. If employees are uneducated or not properly trained on cybersecurity procedures in the medical practices, mistakes will be made. For instance, the Utah-based company HealthEquity reported that 23,000 accounts were compromised in a data breach earlier this year. According to SC…

Why Healthcare Organizations Need A Disaster Recovery Plan

  Unlike other businesses, downtime can be deadly for hospitals and clinics. Whether downtime is caused by a malware attack, natural disaster or an unexpected power outage, the consequences can be serious. Downtime for a healthcare organization means that doctors and staff cannot access or share critical data stored digitally or use certain medical equipment.   It’s imperative healthcare providers devise and implement disaster recovery and contingency planning to prevent, or at least minimize, downtime, according to CIO. A disaster recovery plan should include things like keeping machines and surgical instruments operating and maintaining the network infrastructure so staff can access and share patient data.   An important element of…

Cybersecurity Tips for Healthcare Organizations

  When you go to a doctor or medical professional, you expect your information to be kept private. That’s because it’s the responsibility of medical organizations to keep your health records confidential. This expectation can be complicated in today’s digital world, especially when healthcare providers face numerous cybersecurity threats from ransomware and other cyber attacks. A recent study found that 72 percent of all healthcare malware attacks in 2016 were ransomware. Healthcare organizations need to have reliable cybersecurity to protect sensitive information. Read on as we detail some savvy cybersecurity tips for healthcare organizations in 2018.   Update cybersecurity procedures and protocols. Employees need to be trained on procedures to…

Why Healthcare Organizations Need the Cloud

    Unfortunately, healthcare organizations today have many things to focus on other than patient health. In fact, the infrastructure it takes to support clinical care delivery continues to expand each year. Information technology (IT) is one of the largest contributors to that growth, according to Afia Health. Every healthcare organization should prioritize IT support, as technology becomes more integrated within the industry. Healthcare organizations have many options when it comes to technological changes, but the best option right now is the cloud. Studies show that by the end of the year, 80 percent of organizations will be utilizing the cloud in some way. So why do healthcare organizations need…

The Hybrid Cloud is Digitally Transforming the Healthcare Industry

The hybrid cloud is digitally transforming the way the healthcare industry operates today. Patients can now access their medical records or see test results anytime day or night. The cloud has numerous capabilities that businesses of all shapes and sizes can utilize to broaden their IT infrastructures. While it can be challenging for some business leaders to understand all the benefits associated with cloud solutions, there are some amazing benefits of making the switch to the hybrid cloud model.   Reduced costs. The reduction of costs is the primary benefit of the cloud. It’s also one of the driving forces that compel C-suite officials to look into cloud services, according…

In The Crosshairs: Cyber-Attackers Target Healthcare Industry

  In recent years, healthcare has become one of the most targeted industries for cyber-attacks. That said, the risk of these attacks isn’t limited to health data and services. According to The Center for Internet Security, “For healthcare, cyber attacks can have ramifications beyond financial loss and breach of privacy.” Human lives are also threatened by these attacks. Hackers can take over any medical device that is hooked up to a network. This includes devices such as heart defibrillators and electric wheelchairs. The threat of these attacks is only increasing as network connected devices become more rooted in the healthcare system. Even with these dangers, technology is not something that…

Why Healthcare Organizations are Moving Disaster Recovery Measures to the Cloud

According to new research from the Ponemon Institute, healthcare organizations are the target of about one cyberattack per month. The researchers found that almost half of the 535 healthcare IT and IT security practitioners surveyed experienced a breach involving loss or exposure of patient information in the past year. The most common types of cyberattacks on healthcare organizations resulted from system failures, unsecured medical devices, identity theft and unsecured mobile devices.   Because of the critical and very private information that healthcare organizations keep on hand, a good disaster recovery plan is an absolute necessity. In fact, since 1996, HIPAA has required that healthcare organizations maintain a disaster recovery plan…

#TuneUpYourIT: How Healthcare Providers Can Keep Data Secure

During the month of February, we’ve been focusing on ways to tune up your IT to keep security levels optimal and your data safe. This week, we’re taking a look at how hospitals can prioritize data security to protect against hackers. In this day and age, when hospitals are packed to the brim with technology, protecting confidential information needs to be a priority. Just this past week, one Los Angeles hospital’s IT system was held for a $17,000 Bitcoin ransom by hackers after its computers were encrypted. Either the hospital didn’t have a backup and data recovery plan in place, or it presumably failed. This isn’t the only time healthcare…