Between illnesses, family tension and medical bills, hospitals are already harbors for stress, and nothing escalates a stressful situation into a dangerous one faster and more unnecessarily than poor customer service, says Jim Sawyer, Director of Security Services for Seattle Children’s Hospital.
When it's a choice between maintaining critical, life-saving services or refusing to give in to cyber criminals, healthcare providers face a high-risk, controversial decision when it comes to ransomware demands.
Hospitals and medical centers face a panoply of threats and challenges around data security, yet the healthcare field has not yet responded as quickly as others, according to chief information security officers (CISOs) and others close to such institutions.
About 27.3% of women in the United States experience domestic violence, which can spill over into the workplace, said Jim Sawyer, Director of Security Services at Seattle Children’s Hospital. But there are many actions that a security director can take to support those victims, Sawyer said, which includes proactive security planning.
Fifty-two percent of employers have updated or implemented a “zero tolerance” workplace violence prevention policy in response to mass shootings at U.S. workplaces in recent years, according to the results of a survey conducted by labor law firm Littler Mendelson.
Hospitals and care providers added 43,000 jobs in July, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), continuing the upward trend spanning the last 12 months in which the healthcare industry added 477,000 jobs to the economy.
A study by IAHSS on hospital crime shows that overall, the rate of violent crime dropped dramatically from 2.8 incidents per 100 hospital beds in 2014 to .09 incidents per 100 beds last year, or a 68-percent decrease.
Led by CEO Al Grasso, The MITRE Corporation is paving the way to practical solutions for critical challenges in the U.S. while helping to foster talent, innovation and security for future generations. Learn more about this organization’s methods and mentorship in the October issue. Other topics in the October issue include profiles on the Port of Los Angeles and Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4K video surveillance tips and technology, security career advice and more.