Cybersecurity experts have their eyes on healthcare, which remains one of the most targeted industries. The healthcare cybersecurity sector of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that nearly 60 percent of the ransomware incidents it was tracking globally as of spring 2021 affected the U.S. health field.
Even in this threat landscape, however, cybersecurity investment is not topping healthcare leaders’ priority lists. According to a report from Philips and CyberMDX, despite many of the surveyed executives experiencing “an externally motivated shutdown” in recent months, more than 60 percent of healthcare IT teams have spending priorities elsewhere. Less than 11 percent named cybersecurity as a high budget priority.
Health Systems Are Taking Action on Cybersecurity
The features in this issue of HealthTech place healthcare cybersecurity front and center. For “Layer It Up,” we highlight the measures the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District in Southern California has taken to shore up its defenses. In “Control Points,” we look at how Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth, Miss., is ensuring that a basic communication tool doesn’t become an entry point for ransomware.
With healthcare’s ongoing digital transformation, cybersecurity must stay at the forefront and become a regular part of care delivery.