Nearly one in five healthcare CIOs have had a security breach within the past 12 months, according to statistics compiled by McKesson in Understanding Your CIO. Their top infrastructure IT focus is on systems that secure personal health information (22 percent), followed by servers/virtual servers (18 percent) and a focus on mobile devices (16 percent).
CIOs consider the lack of staffing resources as the most significant barrier to implementing IT systems, and more than 50 percent say they expect an increase in IT staff within the next 12 months. However, more than six out of 10 say they’re concerned about their organization’s skills and ability to capitalize on their technology investments.
The lack of financial support is a secondary barrier to successfully implementing IT.
People are an important part of the IT puzzle – finding the particular expertise needed to run secure systems housing protected health information (PHI) takes time and resources. Partnering with a hosting provider that can provide their HIPAA audit report on compliance verifying they conduct regular business associate training of their tech staff satisfies a few healthcare CIO concerns:
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