WEDI Calls for Health IT System Cybersecurity Improvements
March 20, 2017
WEDI is calling for increased cybersecurity investments by healthcare organizations to protect health IT infrastructure from the growing interest of cybercriminals.
WEDI, a nonprofit organization focusing on using health IT for health data exchange working with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), recently drafted a white paper to inform healthcare insiders of the best ways to avoid security issues at the hands of hackers.
“As the use of health IT becomes more widespread, cybersecurity must be more directly integrated into the fabric of healthcare and ultimately become an organizational asset that is perceived as commonplace and mission-critical as hygiene and patient safety procedures have become to quality care,” the authors stated.
“No matter how high the walls that any one organization is able to erect against cybercriminals,” they continued, “the healthcare industry at large must coalesce as a united front to more collectively address how to implement a universal culture of cyberdefense and train a more resilient workforce to mitigate threats.”
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