Cybersecurity and Senior Care

Understanding of the regulatory environment and potential hazards can go a long way toward safety for residents and the industry, at large. Cybersecurity is one of the most prominent issues facing the healthcare industry today. According to the 2018 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey, 76 percent of respondents say that their organizations experienced a significant security incident within the last 12 months.A notable factor in the industrys vulnerability is that many organizations particularly smaller ones lack the resources to build and deploy appropriate protections. To that end, senior care facilities are at an even greater risk than traditional healthcare organizations, as the former industry is less mature than the latter when it comes to security, according to a white paper published in December by the LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST).Whats more, older adults are some of the most susceptible individuals when it comes to online scams and attacks, according to Home Instead Care. With that in mind, what steps can senior care leaders take to keep pace with looming digital security threats?