Throughout the course of a normal day, doctors use several critical-information systems at their hospital or office – patient records, test results, surgical monitoring and more.
These doctors typically carry phones and tablets with them – both inside and outside of the office – to conveniently access vital information and a variety of apps. They work in a system in which the number of network-connected devices is rapidly increasing, often without proper security precautions in place.
Throughout the course of a normal day, doctors use several critical-information systems ...
Consider this scenario:
While getting caught up on some work in his home office one morning, a physician clicks on an email from what appears to be someone from the IT department. The email is requesting that he verify his login information.
“Routine hospital security exercise,” he thinks to himself.
Making doctors a productive part of your security solution requires not just a robust technology suite, but also a rethinking of their relationship with your security apparatus.
Given the proper training, doctors can be a core component of your frontline cyber defense. Their reputations are tied up in the reputations of the hospitals in which they work.
Given the proper training, doctors can be a core component of your frontline cyber defense.
Working with physicians, however, inevitably reveals a Hippocratic complexity: A doctor’s first priority is the well-being of their patients.
“Doctors are focused 100 percent on the health of the patient and getting to see more patients,” says Terry Hect, Chief Security Strategist for AT&T Healthcare. “So, any time they can skip a step to go faster, they often will.”
Before your health organization can determine where quality of care and quality of security can best intertwine, an effective audit of your security system must recognize the unique role of doctors.
Download the Cybersecurity Handbook for Healthcare CEOs to learn more.
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