How ambulatory care practices can reduce cybersecurity risk
Brian Bobo, Chief Information and Security Officer of Greenway Health.
By making strategic yet affordable investments and undertaking specific basic measures, smaller practices can make great strides to strengthen their defenses.
When it comes to cybercrime, the healthcare sector has one of the biggest targets on its back. Due to high value of patient data on the dark web, growth in connected devices, lack of resources within practices focused on cybersecurity, and distractions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare organizations have become more vulnerable to costly, damaging cyberattacks.
Small- and mid-sized ambulatory care practices arguably face the most challenges, given their limited staff and capacity, full patient appointment schedules, and even financial limitations. Conversely, large health systems and hospitals have several IT team members dedicated solely to cybersecurity.