Training essential in efforts to boost cybersecurity
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.
Meaningful use and QA specialist
North Texas Regional