Six Concerns Causing Sleepless Night for Health Care Admins

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Data security is top of mind for CIOs today, particularly as new data breaches occur regularly across a variety of industries. For health care CIOs in particular, this is a concern because the health care security laws have teeth in them, so when faced with declining budgets and increased risks, determining how to maintain the proper levels of security is certainly something that keeps IT pros up at night. Working with a third party that has particular expertise in security can help CIOs take a step back and examine potential holes in their security posture that they might not otherwise be aware exist.

Health care organizations are privy to a colossal amount of highly sensitive personal data, and as such, are one of the most highly regulated industries in the U.S. Even the most benign security breach could have catastrophic effects on patients' lives. Therefore, it's no surprise that breaches, regulatory compliance and meaningful use are issues that keep health care CIOs up at night. However, with the right planning, it is possible to reduce the risk these threats pose, as well as some of the stress.

Ed Simcox, health care business leader for Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider, recently spoke with The Healthcare Insider radio network. In his interview, Simcox identified six of the top issues in health care IT that cause sleepless nights for admins, as well as best practices for resolving these important concerns.

"Traditionally, CIOs and their IT departments in large health care organizations have been considered a necessary cost center," Simcox says. "But CIOs today want to move up the value chain inside their organizations, making IT more strategic and relevant to their Boards of Directors. Health care CIOs are transforming from what essentially was an asset management role to that of a strategic business advisor to the health system."

 

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