HIMSS Survey Indicates Mobile Devices a Top Security Concern

By: Absolute Editorial Team | 3/15/2013

The 24th Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey was recently released, referencing the opinions on IT professionals in the US healthcare system. The web-based survey collected insights from 298 people, 55% of whom were CIOs and an additional 31% were Directors of IS/IT. The data contains some insights on the state of security in healthcare IT, among other topics.

According to the survey, 19% of respondents had experienced a corporate security breach in the last 12 months (down from 22% in 2012). The data would seem to suggest that healthcare organizations are taking steps to protect patient information. Respondents cite mobile devices as the top security concern at their organization; 36% felt it was a concern in 2013 up from just 6% in 2012. HIPAA compliance and security audits was the second most common concern for respondents.

The survey cites key health IT business objectives for 2013 as being the ability to sustain the financial viability of their organizations, improve patient care, improve operational efficiencies / outcomes and achieve meaningful use. Meaningful Use was a top concern last year, though it appears that during the year, nearly three-quarters of respondents have already qualified for Stage 1 Meaningful Use and are working toward Stage 2 already.

The report offered some very positive insights into the IT security measures of the healthcare field. To learn more about our own solutions to manage and protect healthcare information and electronic health records, including the endpoint security and management for mobile devices that is a top concern for those surveyed, read here.

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