We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 9/4 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Mich Parker, CISO (@mitchparkerciso) on the topic of “Rethinking Healthcare Security as a Cost Center“.
Healthcare Information Security has been considered a nice-to-have. With all of the other pressures on organizational budgets, specifically with implementation of Electronic Medical Records systems, this was always second. The changes to EMR systems to facilitate patients getting access to their own records, either via patient portals or FHIR APIs, has now made it a primary priority to protect patient records. Conventional business models used to measure security put it as a cost center, along with items such as coffee, rent, and office supplies.
With the move toward patient-centric technologies, we need to rethink information security’s role as a cost center. Reframing it as a benefit per patient helps us rethink the magnitude of the program’s effects. This also helps us think of it as an investment in protecting our patients, which is the ultimate goal.
Information Security is the extension of the mission of the organization. Treating it like coffee or staplers means that you don’t prioritize it, and therefore the overall goals. We can better meet them by looking at the cost of protection per patient, not cost per tool or product.
Join us for this week’s HITsm chat, as we discuss health equity.
Topics for this week’s #HITsm Chat:
T1: Does your organization utilize patient portals or FHIR APIs yet? Do you plan to? #HITsm
T2: Does your organization have a budgeted information security resource? #HITsm
T3: Do you have a budgeted privacy resource? Do you use a patient privacy monitoring system? #HITsm
T4: Do you regularly scan and monitor your external-facing systems for vulnerabilities? #HITsm
T5: Do your risk assessments address technical risks? #HITsm
Bonus: Have you addressed most of the open items in your technical risk assessments? If not, when do you plan on doing so? #HITsm
Upcoming #HITsm Chat Schedule
10/2 – TBD
Hosted by TBD
We look forward to learning from the #HITsm community! As always, let us know if you’d like to host a future #HITsm chat or if you know someone you think we should invite to host.
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