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Fall 2018 - Volume 35 - Issue 1

  • Trudy Land, FACHE
  • 0748-8157
  • 2475-2797
  • 4 issues per year

From the Fall Issue 2018

Healthcare is not immune to the threat of cyberattacks in today’s technology-driven world. Hospitals and health systems are vulnerable, and the risks seem to increase daily. Aggressive data breaches, malware, and ransomware can cripple an organization.

The good news is that innovation in healthcare is growing exponentially; the bad news is that innovation often creates more opportunities for cyberattackers who see health data as a valuable commodity. Unfortunately, healthcare lags behind other sectors in preparing for and avoiding attacks.

As the articles and commentaries in this issue of Frontiers of Health Services Management attest, any organization can be a target of sophisticated attackers. They find smart devices, mobile apps, and wearables connected to the information technology (IT) infrastructure especially inviting. Phishing is a common way attackers breach systems through e-mailed links that hook unsuspecting staff, and everyone in an organization must be educated about the risk. Through organization-wide training, leaders can raise critical security consciousness, explain the various threats, develop and disseminate policies and procedures, emphasize the severe consequences of an attack, and convey shared responsibility. In cybersecurity, everyone is a stakeholder.

A risk assessment of IT, mobile and medical devices, and all systems across the continuum of care is an important initial step. Although many healthcare leaders identify cybersecurity as a pressing concern, they may not always ensure that necessary financial and human resources are allocated to meet the risks, which leaves their organizations vulnerable. Funding to prevent attacks must be sufficient because not being prepared can be even more costly.

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