Healthcare IT security is only as good as the weakest link

Last fall’s breach of the federal Affordable Care Act healthcare signup portal serves as a wakeup call that no data is safe.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services detected anomalous activity in an enrollment pathway used by agents and brokers, affecting the files of 75,000 individuals.

The security of healthcare IT networks is no stronger than its weakest link, an area of increasing concern for chief information security officers. More healthcare providers, hospital systems, health information exchanges, health plans, accountable care organizations, state Medicaid agencies, and others are requiring vendors and other contracted entities to undergo third party assurance to address the number of data breaches and cyberattacks.

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