Security Should Always Be Top of Mind for Healthcare Tech Initiatives
Get insights from experienced leaders such as Tanya Townsend, senior vice president and CIO of New Orleans-based LCMC Health. In our interview, “Q&A: LCMC Health’s Tanya Townsend on Industry Change and Workforce Retention,” she discusses her decadeslong career in healthcare IT and her path to becoming LCMC Health’s first CIO. In 2016, she stood up the health system’s first information security office.
“It’s not just about putting in technical solutions,” Townsend says. “We’re doing a lot around user education, because attackers are getting smarter about social engineering and phishing campaigns.”
Don’t forget to check out the security-related feature stories as well. In “Stronger Together: IT Integration and Security Lessons from Healthcare M&As,” three health systems share their experiences with IT integration and security after a merger or acquisition. Luminis Health in Maryland, for instance, examined its security posture after merging two hospitals and preparing to scale for its next growth phase.
“Our priority was to make sure we have the same security protections and the same set of eyes and ears,” Luminis Health CISO Mike Widerman says.