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11.6.2017   |   Articles / Publications

Nashville Business Journal: Why Health Care Companies Have to Combat Cybersecurity Threats

More than 27 million patient records were exposed by health care data breaches in 2016, according to cybersecurity company Protenus. The associated cost is staggering: an estimated $355 per stolen record, the highest among industries surveyed.

Proper cybersecurity measures allow the industry to efficiently reach business objectives while focusing on the ultimate mission of providing high-quality patient care. Health care companies now are taking notice of recommendations from the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force, established as part of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015.

Rod Ballard, partner at Jackson Thornton Healthcare Consulting Group, is hopeful the guidance will help medical professionals manage and mitigate the risk.

“Health care organizations face myriad threats that could potentially impact their ability to deliver patient care,” Ballard says. “By promoting communication and emphasizing the need to establish a security culture, the task force has given industry professionals a roadmap to assist in efforts to ensure patient safety while assuring access to critical data.”

The task force outlined recommendations addressing vulnerabilities, and concluded that “health care cybersecurity is a key public health concern that needs immediate and aggressive attention.

Read the full article, “Why Health Care Companies Have to Combat Cybersecurity Threats” written by Matthew Kroplin and Nicole Keefe.

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