Skip to content Skip to navigation

Survey Paints Mixed Picture of Security Compliance for Healthcare Industry

January 22, 2014
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

 

According to a recent survey of IT managers, the healthcare industry has made considerable gains in security and compliance when compared to other sectors. 
 
The survey, from DataMotion, a Morristown, N.J.-based email encryption software and health information service provider (HISP), discovered that 90.4 percent of healthcare IT managers say their company has security and compliance policies for transferring files electronically. Approximately, 84 percent of respondents said their employees/co-workers have the capability to encrypt email and 86 percent are striving for full compliance. 
 
Overall, DataMotion found that healthcare was above other industries in terms of security and compliance. Still, the industry is not without faults, the survey revealed. For instance, 87.7 percent of respondents said their company permits the use of mobile devices for email, 40.3 percent report there is no bring your own device (BYOD) policy and 11.7 percent are unsure.
 
"It’s good to see improvements in security and compliance since last year, and healthcare has made significant gains, but serious problems remain and new ones have cropped up,” DataMotion’s Chief Technology Officer, Bob Janacek, said in a statement. “For healthcare specifically, there have been widely publicized incidents of mobile devices being lost or stolen that contain protected health information, potentially resulting in a HIPAA breach."
 
For the survey, DataMotion polled more than 400 IT and business decision-makers across the U.S. and Canada. Thirty-seven percent were from healthcare, the largest industry sampling. 
 
Topics

Comments

Thank you for the recap Gabriel. Did the survey mention anything about the number of healthcare facilities who have instituted policies to restrict access to sensitive patient data through the use of single sign-on or another data security method?

Didn't see anything on single-sign on. Did say more than a quarter in healthcare have used free consumer-type file transfer and only 30.5 percent have restricted those services. So I can't imagine that number is too high.

Thank you for the feedback Gabriel!

News

Health Catalyst Incorporates Regenstrief’s NLP Solution in Its Analytics Platform

At the HIMSS17 conference in Orlando, the nonprofit Regenstrief Institute announced a partnership with analytics vendor Health Catalyst involving Regenstrief's artificial intelligence-powered text analytics technology.

Survey: Cybersecurity Getting More Attention at the C-Suite and Board Level

Cybersecurity has been elevated to a central concern for healthcare providers, with more attention at the board level and the C-suite, according to a new survey by Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The study found that 42 percent of organizations have a vice president or C-level official in charge of cybersecurity and for 39 percent of organizations, the head of cybersecurity is at the director level.

Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety Focuses on Patient Identification

The Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety has rolled out its second set of Safe Practice Recommendations with a focus on reducing patient misidentification.

IBM Watson Health Expands Imaging, Population Health Efforts

IBM’s Watson Health kicked off HIMSS17 in Orlando on Monday with a slew of announcements, including a clinical imaging review platform and partnerships with several large provider organizations on population health and value-based health initiatives.

Federal Government Affirms $100M in Funding to Help Small Practices with Quality Payment Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has affirmed the awarding of approximately $20 million to 11 organizations for the first year of a five-year program to provide on-the-ground training and education about the Quality Payment Program.

DoD Deploys Cerner EHR System, MHS Genesis, at Fairchild AFB

Last week, the U.S. Defense Department deployed a commercial, off-the-shelf electronic health record system from Cerner at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington as part of a DOD-wide roll out of the EHR system.