A University of Phoenix College of Health Professions survey has surprising findings about RNs and health administrator views on healthcare hacking.
Despite the fact that healthcare hacking was rampant in 2017, only one in five healthcare professionals-registered nurses (RNs) and health administrators-say they have experienced patient data breaches.
According to the University of Phoenix College of Health Professions survey findings, 20% of RNs and 19% of health administrators said their facility has experienced a breach of patient data, and just as many responded that they didn’t know if their facility has experienced a data breach.
University of Phoenix College of Health Professions surveyed 504 U.S. adults working full time in healthcare as either registered nurses or administrative staff who have worked in their position for at least two years.
Other findings include:
“The results show that there is a disconnect between the level of confidence that healthcare professionals have in their organization’s ability to prevent data breaches and the reality of today’s cybersecurity landscape,” says Doris Savron, executive dean for the Colleges of Health Professions at University of Phoenix.
“Healthcare executives must be aware of these growing challenges and how data breaches not only affect patients, but also how they impact hospital and health system staff at all levels,” Savron says. “It’s important to recognize the problem, as the healthcare industry continues to be one of the highest targeted by cybercriminals. Organizations need improved, more frequent training for health professionals and more robust company policies, and health execs are the ones who can begin implementing these changes.”
Based on the survey Savron offers these four tips for healthcare execs: