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3 Privacy and Security Tips to Implement in 2021

Written by Rich Murphy, Product Director - iatricSystems

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Hospitals and healthcare organizations all over the country are facing similar privacy and security challenges – especially this past year. From an increase of breaches, the risk of ransomware and remote accessibility for vendors and employees, 2020 has opened up plenty of new security gaps. The good news is when so many people go through the same thing, there’s a lot to share and a whole lot more to learn.

On October 27 through 29, we’re hosting the iatricSystems Fall Exchange, a three-day event broken up into daily learning tracks to address challenges like privacy and security, clinical care, and report writing services.

Day one of the event is dedicated specifically to solving privacy and security challenges where industry experts and your peers will share their experiences through panel discussions, Q&As and more.

You can register for the event here, but we also wanted to give you a glimpse into what each session will cover with some added advice you can start thinking about and implementing today.  

Here are three great starting points to help you improve privacy and security within your healthcare organization:

1. Work as an Organization Towards One Common Goal

From the daily security threats to patient privacy monitoring and training your employees on how they access PHI, addressing privacy and security in an evolving environment can feel like a game of cat and mouse. The best way to strengthen security is to first make sure everyone is on the same page.

One way to do it is to start at the source – your privacy and security policies and procedures. It’s best practice to review, update and refresh your team on your policies and procedures playbook quarterly to keep everyone up to date. Here’s an eBook with more details.

We’ll expand on this mindset in our first educational session of the Fall Exchange and discuss how various security threats and risks have forced security teams to think, work, and interact with other departments in new ways.

You’ll Hear from a well-known industry expert and Chief Technology Officer at Franciscan Health, Chuck Christian, as he discusses how organizations can accomplish more when everyone works together.

2. View Security as a Moving Target and Plan for the Future

One of the most challenging aspects of security is that it’s always changing – there isn’t a fix-all solution. You know security and privacy have taken the waiting room, the hospital and all supporting technology providers by storm.

This past year has only made it more overwhelming with COVID-19, complex regulatory environments, and increased ransomware attacks. However, once you realize that security is a moving target, you can adapt and confidently plan for the future.

We've brought together GreyCastle Security and Milinda Rambel Stone, Vice President and CISO from Provation Medical, to discuss how security has evolved. They'll give you practical ways to plan for the future by ensuring you have the right support and investments in place to address future challenges and reduce risk. 

3. Consider Innovative Technologies like Artificial Intelligence

To keep up with the evolving landscape of privacy and security, new innovations like artificial intelligence can help organizations streamline various tasks like patient privacy monitoring and more.

While most people have heard of this common buzzword, few truly understand the impact artificial intelligence can make by automating time-consuming tasks.

The final learning session of Day One of the Fall Exchange walks you through the different types of artificial intelligence to better understand how it works and resolve common misconceptions. You'll also learn different use-cases for solving patient privacy challenges with artificial intelligence capabilities. 

Above all, privacy and security is an ongoing commitment. There will always be new rising threats, and the best way to overcome those threats is to learn from those who’ve been there.

You have an entire community dedicated to helping people – patients and peers like you. By bringing this community together, we can help strengthen the healthcare industry as a whole and deliver better, secure care.

We hope you’ll join us virtually for the iatricSystems Fall Exchange to learn about the latest healthcare IT technologies, network with peers, and learn how to overcome healthcare challenges (and you’re guaranteed a prize for participating in the challenges).

Register today, and if you can’t make it or miss a session, you’ll still have access to all of the sessions on-demand. We’ll see you there!