Healthcare IT Trending Issues for 2015
This time of year, the pundits are all weighing in with their top pics for key industry trends. We generally leverage the annual Health Information Management Systems (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition to issue our take on the state of the industry as this event offers the best chance to gain the widest perspectives. The HIMSS conference normally takes place in February but will be running a bit late this year, around mid-April. Look for our report and “state of the health IT industry” in late April. In the meantime, here’s a taste of some hot areas we will be tracking for 2015.
Providers Start to Really Pay Attention to Privacy and Security
We believe that data security will become a key focus for healthcare organizations in 2015. The recent attack on Sony Pictures’ computer network is one reason payers and providers will substantially step up investments to secure the privacy and security of protected health information (PHI). The Sony incident is heightening awareness over the rising number of data breaches. Today, concern is not limited to corporate C-suites but is extending out to the general public. We can thank the 2013 attacks on Target and other popular retailers for that development. In 2014, data breaches specific to healthcare skyrocketed and the media certainly picked on these stories as well. Attacks on hospitals and other healthcare organizations accounted for percent of all major data breaches in 2014, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center – the highest of any industry category. In September 2014, Websense researchers observed a percent increase in attacks on hospitals over the past months. Healthcare organizations are required to report data breaches affecting more than people to the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office for Civil Rights. According to HHS, the top five health data breaches in 2014 affected nearly million individuals. The single largest breach affected million individuals and occurred at Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, which runs over hospitals in states. That breach was attributed to Heartbleed, a vulnerability in OpenSSL.
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