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6 in 10 healthcare organizations have a dedicated cybersecurity executive, and it makes a big difference

Healthcare providers that have a dedicated information security executive are more likely to adopt a holistic approach to privacy and security that includes the use of a validated cybersecurity framework, reviewing new technology prior to purchase and testing systems for a potential attack.

Sixty percent of healthcare organizations have a senior executive that oversees cybersecurity, like a chief information security officer, according to a new survey released by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), which included responses from 126 information security professionals at acute care hospitals, vendors, and payers as well as ambulatory clinics and physician practices.