May 28, 2024
Health IT | Tea Leaves
  • Health care’s cybersecurity challenges have shined a light on how the industry has failed to protect patient data by not dedicating enough resources to address the problem. Health systems and insurers are dealing with the aftermath of the industry’s latest large-scale ransomware attacks on St. Louis-based Ascension, UnitedHealth Group’s Change Healthcare, and Chicago-based Lurie Children’s Hospital, among others. Executives say that conversations are happening over whether organizations should be bringing in outside consultants or hiring more employees. One of the biggest challenges health care organizations face in dealing with these threats is hiring qualified talent, according to a survey of cybersecurity professionals within the industry the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society published in March. Nearly 75 percent of respondents said recruiting employees for cybersecurity roles was a major workforce challenge, with most saying it comes down to budgeting challenges. (Article here)