Doctors See Big Cybersecurity Risks, Compliance as Key for Hospitals

July 1, 2015

Gregory T. Huang

Cybersecurity and healthcare IT are both burgeoning areas of business. Put them together and you have a volatile mix of emerging technologies, security and privacy risks, and regulatory requirements—but also a lot of opportunity for growth and improvements.

It’s no surprise that doctors and hospital administrators are concerned with security. The healthcare industry is a top target of cyber attacks (see the Anthem data breach), and it has highly sensitive information about large swaths of the population.

A new survey from MedData Group in Topsfield, MA, shows that physicians have very different opinions about cyber threats as compared to administrators and health IT professionals. The survey was done in June and polled 272 doctors and healthcare workers around the U.S.

A key finding is that doctors gave lower ratings to their organizations’ abilities to counter cyber crime than did hospital administrators and IT personnel. The chart below shows 21 percent of doctors rated their clinics’ cybersecurity systems as below average, as compared to only 8 percent of administrators and IT workers. (Not surprising, perhaps, but I’m going with the doctors on this one.)

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