Today’s hospital leaders face unprecedented challenges when it comes to safeguarding patient privacy—mounting regulations, increased organizational complexity, along with dispersed privacy and security processes—all amid millions of patient data accesses every single day.
Even though Security Audit Manager™ (SAM) had already been named KLAS category leader three years in a row, before KLAS made their announcement earlier this year, we couldn't help but feel hope, excitement, and nervousness, too. We were confident, but we wondered, "Could we, with the help of our customers, do it again for a fourth consecutive year?"
Healthcare organizations are finding themselves having to do more with fewer resources, and this resource limitation is most visible in data security and patient privacy. Additionally, the industry as a whole sees more and more data breaches in healthcare facilities of all shapes and sizes. This is putting even further stress on hospitals to protect data from the inside out, as the penalties related to breaches, financial and otherwise, can be severe.
I recently read this article from HealthData Management — Privacy, security issues cause consumers to distrust HIT — published on January 9th, 2017.
With all the news going on today about ransomware and the increased number of privacy breaches, we sometimes forget about how these breaches are eroding the trust patients place with their healthcare provider.