Dec. 21 — A national survey of
healthcare IT and security professionals revealed that although IT security
budgets have increased at more than half of organizations surveyed, the
percentage of an organization’s IT budget that is devoted to securing patient
data at these organizations is largely the same as last year: 3 percent or
The HIMSS survey,
released Dec. 12, also found that fewer than half of the healthcare
organizations surveyed—43 percent—have tested their data breach response plan.
Respondents that represented hospitals were more likely to report that their
organizations had done so, compared with those working for physician
respondents reported that their organizations had sustained a security breach in
the past year, according to the report.
two-thirds of respondents reported that their organizations had audited their IT
security plans, with 74 percent of hospital respondents stating that their
organizations had undertaken this measure. And nearly two-thirds of hospital
respondents stated that their organizations had a chief security officer, chief
information security officer, or other full-time resource in charge of security
of patient data.
Publication Date: Friday, December 21, 2012