Living in the Healthcare Data Breach Era

Scott Mace, March 30, 2016

Healthcare information and security officers are leading efforts to avoid cyberattacks through training and tools as 81% of healthcare executives say that their organizations' systems have been compromised during the past two years.

This article first appeared in the March 2016 issue of HealthLeaders magazine.

Pete Murphy, CIO
Pete Murphy

"The worst place we could be in is if Americans are so desensitized to the breach of the day that we begin to accept that as normal," explains Pete Murphy, executive vice president and chief information officer at Cardinal Innovations Healthcare, a managed care organization with 720,000 enrolled members across 16 counties in North Carolina.

Now that cyber attacks as a source of data breaches are becoming routine in and out of healthcare, each breach represents not just a monetary loss to providers and payers but also a loss of faith by customers and patients in the healthcare industry.

This new fact has pushed data security way up the priority list for healthcare.

Consider this: 81% of healthcare executives say that their organizations have been compromised by at least one malware, botnet, or other cyber attack during the past two years, and only half say they feel that they are adequately prepared in preventing attacks, according to a 2015 KPMG healthcare cybersecurity survey.

Murphy, who previously managed risk and infrastructure in the financial services industry at employers such as TIAA-CREF, started at Cardinal in 2011.

Scott Mace

Scott Mace is the former senior technology editor for HealthLeaders Media. He is now the senior editor, custom content at H3.Group.

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