Seems healthcare executives need to do more than protect consumers' physical well being. As the article points out, software can provide a certain amount of protection. When a breach occurs, response times from staff is critical.
Healthcare payers are increasingly becoming targets of cybersecurity breaches, both malicious and accidental, according to a new KPMG survey. Cybersecurity incidents resulting in compromised data and HIPAA violations affected 47% of providers and health plans participating in the KPMG 2017 Cyber Healthcare & Life Sciences Survey compared to just 37% experiencing a security issue in the 2015 edition of the poll. The negative impact of the ten point bump is compounded by the fact that cybersecurity has decreased as an executive priority over the past two years. While 87% of board rooms had patient data privacy and security at the top of the agenda in 2015, just 79% said it was a high-alert item in 2017. The number of companies making new investments in cybersecurity has decreased as well, from 88% in 2015 to only 66% today.