Interoperability comes with risks because connection points are inherently vulnerable to exploitation by hackers seeking to sell stolen patient personal data or lock down a provider’s data and then demand a ransom.

Connected care, by definition, requires the ability of disparate EHRs and digital devices to collect and share patient data. But interoperability comes with risks because connection points are inherently vulnerable to exploitation by hackers seeking to sell stolen patient personal data or lock down a provider’s data and then demand a ransom.

That’s a real security problem facing hospitals and health systems as they integrate new technologies with legacy systems, join health information exchanges (HIEs), struggle to meet quality reporting mandates, and increasingly rely on cloud deployments.

Over at Healthcare IT News, Managing Editor Bill Siwicki talks with two healthcare security professionals about what hospitals, healthcare networks, and private practices can do to mitigate cybersecurity weak points.

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