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There’s a lot of data out there.

Consider every person who goes into the doctor office on a given day; the information they provide to their specialist, that’s data. The observations recorded through laboratory research, that’s data. Processing in a hospital’s emergency room. More data.

Traditional methods for managing health data simply do not suffice for the numbers we deal with today. Given the value of healthcare data, new approaches to managing this data are essential.

So this September, a task force from the Department of Health and Human Services, launched a panel to address the threat of cyber attacks to healthcare information, now that so much data is stored online.

Experts from a range of expertise, such as providers, payers, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, IT vendors, government agencies, as well as a patient advocate, provide an opportunity to have well-rounded discussions about the future of health care data.

There are multiple topics to be addressed. The panel will review the challenge of securing networked medical devices and other software or systems that connect to an electronic health record. They will provide information about the explaining cybersecurity threats to the healthcare, and they will establishing a plan to create a single system for the federal government to share actionable intelligence regarding cybersecurity threats. That the healthcare industry have a real-time solution to these threats for no fee is of utmost importance.

According to Theresa Meadows, co-chair of the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force and CIO of Cook Children’s Health Care System, it will report to Congress on its findings and recommendations early next year.
“Today, there’s not a good mechanism for sharing information when cybersecurity issues occur,” she says.

“Usually what happens is we hear through word of mouth or we see it in the media, but we don’t really know what the cause was and so there’s no way for us to be proactive in preventing these things in our organizations.”

The best health care information management must work with leaders in technology and government to protect against cyber threats and make digital organizing accessible for everyone in the industry. Hopefully, this panel sheds some light on the future and possibility of health care data!