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Healthcare Data Breaches: 4 Tips for Healthcare Execs

With a combined 45 years in IT security, Adsero’s principals have seen it all. There is no problem that we can’t solve. This includes maintaining a safe cyber network for hospitals. Read on to discover why this is so pertinent.

Despite the fact that healthcare hacking was rampant in 2017, only one in five healthcare professionals—registered nurses (RNs) and health administrators—say they have experienced patient data breaches.

According to the University of Phoenix College of Health Professions survey findings, 20% of RNs and 19% of health administrators said their facility has experienced a breach of patient data, and just as many responded that they didn’t know if their facility has experienced a data breach.

University of Phoenix College of Health Professions surveyed 504 U.S. adults working full time in healthcare as either registered nurses or administrative staff who have worked in their position for at least two years.

Other findings include:

·       Despite record-breaking cybersecurity issues in the healthcare industry in 2017, 48% of RNs and 57% of administrative staff said they are “very confident” in their facility’s ability to protect patient data against potential theft.

·       Additionally, when asked where they have seen the most changes occur in the industry over the last year, including quality of care, safety, digital health records, prevention, and population health, only 25% of RNs and 40% of administrative staff cite data security and privacy.

·       About eight in 10 RNs (79%) and administrative staff (77%) think big data is important to their jobs; however, about two in three RNs (65%) and over half of administrative staff (55%) have never received training on it.

·       More than three in five RNs (64%) and administrative staff (62%) say their facility has invested in electronic medical records in the past year.

   Both groups said their organizations are taking the following steps to ensure patient data is protected:

o   Updated privacy and access policies (69% of administrative staff, 67% of RNs).

o   Role-based access (60% of administrative staff, 59% of RNs).

o   Data surveillance (55% of administrative staff, 56% of RNs).

“The results show that there is a disconnect between the level of confidence that healthcare professionals have in their organization’s ability to prevent data breaches and the reality of today’s cybersecurity landscape,” says Doris Savron, executive dean for the Colleges of Health Professions at the University of Phoenix.

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