For ASCs, Size Matters When It Comes to Healthcare Cybersecurity

By Fred Donovan

August 30, 2018 – For ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), healthcare cybersecurity challenges and responses are different depending on the size of the operation, observed Tom Hui, founder of Surgical Center Information Systems and CEO of HSTpathways.

Hui noted that around 40 percent of ASCs are owned or jointly owned and managed by large corporate entities such as Hospital Corporation of America, Surgical Care Affiliates, and United Surgical Partners International.  

The remaining 60 percent, however, are small “mom and pop shops.” These two groups have very different resources and staff to bear on cybersecurity challenges, Hui told HealthITSecurity.

“Larger organizations and hospitals tend to be much more formal. They have deeper IT resources, and they have dedicated and devoted a lot of time and energy and money into developing

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