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How simplifying your IT environment can bolster security

Gerry Blass (gerry@complyassistant.com) is President and CEO at ComplyAssistant in Iselin, New Jersey, and Jason Tahaney (jason.tahaney@comop.org) is Director of Technology at Community Options Inc.

In today’s healthcare technology landscape, there is a greater need than ever before for everyone within the organization to be an active participant in cybersecurity. No longer is this simply the role of the health information management (HIM) team or information technology (IT) department. According to Pew Research Center, 71% of workers are doing their job from home all or most of the time.[1] This translates to an increased number of people sharing highly secure information online from home. For healthcare workers, the risk of threats such as phishing or malware attacks against valuable patient data is a real concern.

A simplified, streamlined IT environment is not only a more efficient way to work, but it can pay great dividends in boosting your organization’s approach to cybersecurity. Multiple electronic health records systems, patient portals, and networked patient care technologies contribute to a complex infrastructure that can leave room for vulnerabilities, but with some strategic planning, you can ensure your environment reduces risk of breach. This article outlines practical guidance to ensure leaders at all levels within your organization are compliant and mitigate cybersecurity threats.

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