Hospital cybersecurity failing to encrypt transmitted health records
New research found a number of troubling issues with hospital cybersecurity, including transmitting unencrypted health records and failing to deploy cybersecurity measures.
A new cybersecurity study of hospitals and other provider care sites uncovered bad habits, such as transmitting unencrypted health records and issues with a lack of adoption of many security products.
The survey, conducted by Chicago-based Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), received responses from 119 acute care providers and 31 non-acute care facilities, including physicians’ offices and outpatient offices, over a one-month period. According to the findings, 36% of respondents admitted they did not encrypt health records in transit, and even fewer (58.7%) encrypted data at rest.