The “Dirty Dozen” of Health IT

Marion K. Jenkins, an executive vice president at 3t Systems, an IT services company, cites 12 IT threats that healthcare providers should be aware of. By ignoring these threats he warns medical facilities could experience operational risk or breach of HIPAA regulations, which could result in fines of up to $1.5 million.

Jenkins’ list of red flags includes:

  • Unsupported unpatched operating systems
  • Antivirus/antimalware issues
  • Poor security authentication
  • Unsecured wireless networks
  • No data redundancy, backups
  • Portable media and laptop security
  • Poor user training
  • Out-of-date, out-of-warranty systems
  • Lack of employee computer use policies
  • Email scams, hoaxes, phishing
  • Inept/untrained IT support resources
  • Data on workstations, laptops

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