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Healthcare IT evolving, but security loopholes still cause problems

Healthcare IT issues persist, and there is a shortage of skilled IT workers to help doctors and hospitals secure their networks.

Published Tue, Mar 4 2014 2:24 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Properly securing healthcare IT has proven to be a difficult task, though ever critical while malware plagues networks across the world.

Healthcare IT evolving, but security loopholes still cause problems | TweakTown.com

Due to the potential for healthcare and insurance fraud, compromised medical records can be worth up to $50 per record - a major value increase from the $2 to $28+ per record without additional personal information.

Healthcare providers are integrating technologies throughout hospitals, which can create security vulnerabilities as devices like tablets, for example, are now being used. In addition, many healthcare providers now provide online services, including scheduling appointments, asking for prescription refills, and communicating with doctors - but also provides another security issue for healthcare IT experts.

However, there is a shortage of skilled IT workers able to help healthcare makers, with health informatics jobs expected to increase by as much as 37 percent.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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