Podcast: Access Management in Healthcare Evolves

Because so many healthcare organizations are growing through mergers and acquisitions at a time when cyber threats are multiplying, effective access control is becoming increasingly important - and more complex, says Joe Meyer of the security consulting firm NCC Group.

Balancing the need to prevent unauthorized access to patient data with the desire of clinicians to have easy access to records means that multifactor authentication must be carefully implemented, Meyer says in an interview at the HIMSS17 conference in Orlando. Many physicians may need access to data at multiple facilities where they treat patients, he notes.

Often after a merger, a thorough assessment of the access controls and other breach-prevention technologies being used at the individual entities is lacking, the consultant says. "There needs to be better due diligence" to help ensure that security controls are properly implemented in all newly acquired facilities, he stresses.

In the interview (see audio link below photo), Meyer also discusses:

In this interview, Meyer discusses:

  • Evolving types of attacks involving ransomware and other kinds of extortion
  • Access challenges involving medical devices, patient portals and electronic health records
  • The most important steps that healthcare entities can take to improve their overall data security.

Full recording:

Published date:  22 February 2017

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