Hospitals and healthcare system providers are shifting priorities to spending increases on cybersecurity solutions for 2018. In a recent study by the Pittsburgh-based Center for Connected Medicine in partnership with the Health Management Academy, ninety-two percent of participants, ranging from GE Healthcare to Nokia, said that they would be increasing spending on cybersecurity solutions.
“Overall, a major theme that kept appearing when talking to health system leaders about the challenges of implementing solutions in all of these areas was the financial pressure that these health systems are under,” says Melissa Stahl, a research manager at the Health Management Academy. “Financial pressure is really seeping into all of these trends and making it hard for health system leaders to navigate implementing a lot of these technologies, even if they see value in implementing them, but there are competing priorities and a great deal of financial pressure that makes it challenging to do so.”
With the rise of ransomware and malware wiping out complete health networks, IT Professionals and Cybersecurity risk experts, like Denise Anderson, President of the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center, say that it will only get worse in the coming year, and urge those in leadership roles to take it seriously.
“By creating a culture that embraces cybersecurity versus shies from it, cybersecurity best practices and employee awareness and education will result.”