Health IT Security Challenges Persist for Hospital Systems

Health IT Security

Lisa Gentes-Hunt

Basic health IT security and cybersecurity remain a struggle for many healthcare systems in the United States, according to a new report.

The “Maturity Paradox: New World, New Threats, New Focus,” report, published by CynergisTek on July 28, states that “most hospitals critically lack the ability to secure their supply chain systems.”

CynergisTek, a cybersecurity consulting firm, reviewed just under 100 assessments of healthcare providers, including hospitals, physician practices, accountable care organizations (ACOs), and business associates, according to a press release on the report.

“These assessments measure organizations’ security posture against the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF), a standardized framework first published in 2014 intended to help protect American critical infrastructure,” it stated.

The fourth annual report stated that supply chain management was...

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