Train­ing es­sen­tial in ef­forts to boost cybersecurity

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing “Health­care in­dus­try gets cybersecurity sup­port in om­nibus bill” (Mod­ern­Health­care.com, Dec. 18), if you want peo­ple to re­spon­si­bly han­dle a 2-ton au­to­mo­bile on the road, you give them driver’s ed be­fore you is­sue a li­cense. You don’t just rely on rule­mak­ing rules and is­su­ing tick­ets. But if you want to avoid ac­ci­dents, you need to ad­dress the driv­ers’ train­ing.

If you want providers to han­dle sen­si­tive elec­tronic health records while ac­tively ex­chang­ing them on the “in­for­ma­tion su­per­high­way,” then you have to train them in cybersecurity. You can’t just rely on more rules and stricter en­force­ment.

All I hear from the gov­ern­ment is more rules, bet­ter tech­nol­ogy and higher penal­ties. But with­out tech­ni­cal sup­port at the provider level, we will see 100 mil­lion-plus records breached again. And be­cause of the na­ture of the data, we will suf­fer the con­se­quences for decades to come.

Pa­trick Casey

Mean­ing­ful use and QA spe­cial­ist

North Texas Re­gional

Ex­ten­sion Cen­ter

Irv­ing

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