Industry Groups Call for Anti-Kickback Waiver for Cybersecurity Tech

A survey released this morning from CHIME revealed that about 70 percent of responding patient care organizations do not have a comprehensive security program in place, leading one cybersecurity expert to speak out on how troubling a trend this still is across healthcare.

The survey, released on October 31 at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) 2018 Fall CIO Forum in San Diego, found that just 29 percent of the more than 600 participating organizations have a comprehensive program in place, which CHIME outlines as doing all of the following: reporting security deficiencies and security progress to the board; having a dedicated CISO (chief information security officer) and cybersecurity committee; providing security updates to the board at least annually; and having a board-level committee that provides security oversight.

For Mac McMillan, chairman, CEO and co-founder of Austin, Texas-based consulting firm CynergisTek, while these findings are quite troubling

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