FBI Agent to CHIME/AEHIS LEAD Forum: Healthcare Leaders Still Not Up to Speed on Basic IT Security Tasks 

A Nashville-based FBI agent offered a strong dose of reality to healthcare IT professionals attending the CHIME/AEHIS LEAD Forum Event, being held Monday, August 10 at the Sheraton Downtown Nashville, in Nashville, Tennessee, and co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and its subsidiary association, the Association for Executives in Health Information Security (AEHIS), and by the Institute for Health Technology Transformation (iHT2—a sister organization to Healthcare Informatics under the Vendome Group, LLC umbrella). Scott Augenbaum, Supervisory Special Agent in the Memphis Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, offered a bracing opening keynote address during Monday’s event, tagged “The Health Information Executive’s Guide to Cybersecurity.”Among other things, Augenbaum, who has spent two decades at the agency, told attendees that the leaders of patient care organizations are simply not moving quickly and strategically enough yet, to meet the huge challenges facing them in the fast-moving landscape of healthcare IT security.A fundamental issue, Augenbaum told his audience, is that it is no longer true that foreign entities are not interested in protected health information (PHI); they now are. Among other elements in the emerging landscape, he noted that the government of China has said that its plan is for China to be the world’s leading innovator in healthcare research by 2020, but that the government of China has also said that it does not want to spend money on research. Inevitably, he said, that means that governments including those of China and Russia, are doing a lot of work to breach healthcare databases and information systems in the United States; so are criminal syndicates in Nigeria and other countries.

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