CIO discusses making cybersecurity an organizationwide priority | Sarah Richardson comments on getting everyone involved in IT initiatives | VA acting CIO's resignation raises concerns about Cerner contract
Michigan-based Lakeland Health implemented its cybersecurity strategy by involving IT security and project teams and a steering committee to improve the organization's technology and processes, as well as by educating all its employees to change the mindset and culture regarding security throughout the organization, said CIO Robin Sarkar. Considering the cybersecurity program as an organizational priority, and not as an IT priority, has been crucial to its success, Sarkar said.
Sarah Richardson comments on getting everyone involved in IT initiatives
Sarah Richardson, CA Market CIO for HealthCare Partners
If you were presented with a task that required you to take thousands of people on a journey that many didn't want to take and required them to change their habits, possibly without enough of a budget and the support to help you achieve this task, would you take it on? Robin Sarkar, Ph.D., CIO of Lakeland Health, did.
Sarkar utilized numerous tools and tactics to drive necessary and vital outcomes to protecting the people, patients and business of Lakeland Health. The key to his creativity was partially in the art of curating a compelling story. Sarkar and his team successfully weaved a story that brought people, processes and technology together in a way that made the effort the responsibility of everyone involved. They asked for help to be the eyes and ears of the organization, and as Sarkar noted, "By continuous awareness and training, we found that our team wasn't just the 150 folks we have in IT, but thousands of associates and team members."
Sarkar and his team took on the daunting task of making cybersecurity mainstream. Sarkar took key principals that set an example of how to deliver results, such as reaching out to peers and larger systems who had experience and knowledge to share, making it a priority for the entire system and, most importantly, setting his team up for success by looking internally for talent.
As each of us is faced with delivering on initiatives that may seem overwhelming, it behooves us to practice the methods illustrated by Sarkar and his team to realize that changing how you look at something can make all the difference in the world.
Scott Blackburn, the Department of Veterans Affairs' acting CIO, announced his resignation Tuesday, bringing more uncertainty to the long-delayed contract with Cerner to modernize the agency's EHR system. Interoperability issues, as well as the firing of VA Secretary David Shulkin, contributed to the delay.
Cybersecurity insurance company Beazley analyzed data breach incidents within the health care sector during the first quarter of this year and found that hacking or malware and accidental disclosure each accounted for 29% of the total incidents, followed by insider causes at 15%. The report also showed 6% of the incidents were attributed to physical loss and 5% to portable devices.
Version 1.1 of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Cybersecurity Framework adds sections that explain how to use the document to evaluate an organization's cyberrisk, supply chain risks and risks related to the acquisition of commercial off-the-shelf products and services. The new version, which incorporates feedback gathered during the past two years, also includes updates on vulnerability disclosure and authentication and identity.
Senate health committee leaders unveiled the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, a bipartisan bill that includes measures increasing data collection, sharing and analysis, as well as reliance on EHR and telemedicine technology and Prescription Drug Monitoring Program databases. The legislation "could help states and communities begin to bring an end to the opioid crisis by reducing the number of prescription opioids, stopping illegal drugs at the border and accelerating research on non-addictive pain medicines," said committee chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
Software Advice polled nearly 400 consumers and found that although 77% were more likely to choose physicians offering telehealth services than those who didn't offer it, only 8% have used telehealth within the past six months and 83% reported never using the technology. Meanwhile, more than 90% said they preferred an in-person visit to treat blurred vision or a toothache, 71% preferred in-person care for upper-respiratory issues and 55% preferred an in-person visit for headache treatment.
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