What will the data center of the future look like? This week in health IT news, CIOs gathered to discuss the resulting shift of healthcare data to the cloud while EHR vendor EPIC announced they will be slimming down their legacy systems and tapping into a new market of rolling smaller, community-based hospitals later this year. In cybersecurity news, the role of the CISO will continue to remain as dynamic as cybersecurity itself, but still 47% of healthcare organizations lack a solid cyber framework. Continue reading this week’s news roundup for the latest in health IT news.
Big EHR Vendors Set Their Sights on Smaller Targets
Electronic health record system vendor EPIC is turning their attention to a new market: physician practices and small and rural hospitals. While more than 80% of physicians are using EHR systems, many small practices haven’t yet done so even though MACRA requires some level of certified EHRs. All of this has presented an opportunity for new sales of EHR systems. Continue reading to find out more here.
Healthcare Benefits from Cybersecurity Guidelines
According to a recent study conducted by the Institute for Critical Infrastructure and Technology, 47% of healthcare organizations surveyed do not have a cybersecurity framework in place. Why? Many state that lack of funding and resources are the reason. However, over 50% of respondents have experienced a ransomware event within their healthcare organization. You can read more on the study here.
How Healthcare Cybersecurity Affects the Evolving Healthcare CISO Role
Over the past few years, the role of the healthcare CISO has evolved just as much as cybersecurity has. Today, the CISO must be diverse and agile with an understanding of information security best practices to address future threats. “The CISO role has become quite dynamic when you think about the breadth of topics a CISO is asked to contribute to,” Klein explained in an email to HealthITSecurity.com. “Risk management, privacy, legal, compliance and technology – you name it, the CISO is bound to be involved at some level.” You can read more about the evolving role of the healthcare CISO here.
What will the Data Center of the Future Consist of?
There is no doubt that healthcare organizations are already reaping the benefits of moving their data to the cloud. As more organizations continue on their journey, some CIOs predict the data center will be extinct in the near future. Count Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka, MD, is among those. “I predict that five years from now none of us will have datacenters,” Halamka said. “We’re going to go out to the cloud to find EHRs, clinical decision support, analytics.” Another health IT leader joked that the data center of the future would consist of two employees: a man and a dog. Continue reading more here.