As healthcare information security requirements and penalties get tougher, a great deal of discussion is focused around how well the healthcare industry is securing patient data.
The general consensus is that the industry still has a long way to go. One of the industry's publications, Healthcare InfoSecurity, released the results of the Healthcare Information Security Today survey sponsored by RSA which took an in-depth look at security and IT practices of senior executives in the healthcare industry.
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The survey reviews many information security topics including
Some of the responses surprised us on how far healthcare companies need to go for proper HIPAA compliance. Take a look at these statistics:
The good news is that the survey shows that healthcare organizations are taking steps in the right direction to improve their security practices.
When asked what their organization's top three information security priorities are for the coming year, the top responses included
Healthcare IT teams will need updated security policies, comprehensive training for employees, and reliable tools and solutions that can deliver functionality, ease of use, audit reporting, and efficient workflows that protect the security of confidential data at rest and in motion.
The pressure is growing, compliance audits are looming, and tackling these issues are just part of the evolution of the healthcare industry.