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Healthcare Infrastructure Security Frameworks Support Innovation

November 06, 2018 / Elizabeth O'Dowd

Healthcare infrastructure security framework are growing in importance as organizations trust PHI to digital tools. As more information is stored digitally, cyberattacks are more common and are evolving as technology solutions become more advanced. This makes it increasingly difficult for organizations to depend on legacy security and recovery solutions to protect patient data, according to, CHIME’s Healthcare’s Most Wired: National Trends 2018 report. “To defend themselves from these growing threats, healthcare organizations have purchased technology to safeguard their systems, hired security consultants to provide advisory and technical services, and created internal programs to instill best practices,” said the report. While efforts are being made, organizations still struggle to develop and implement a security solution that encompasses their entire IT infrastructure. In order to remedy this lack of security structure, many organizations are looking to security frameworks to develop a strategy. “When it comes to adopting a security framework, organizations are shifting from self-developed security information frameworks to NIST and HITRUST,” said the report. “Other core components of a comprehensive security program include dedicating a senior security leader, having an adequate security budget, establishing governance and oversight committees, and meeting regularly to report gaps in security and progress toward closing them.”