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While healthcare’s focus on data security continues to make national headlines, regional healthcare groups are also boasting about their progress. In this Dayton Business Journal article, Beth Hunkeler, CIO of Dayton Children’s Hospital shares details about the hospital’s security controls, data encryption, firewalls, etc., as well as its recent investment into InstaMed’s Healthcare Payments P2PE:

Dayton health care groups double down on data security

The local health care industry has been beefing up security of its patient records to avoid being a target.

Dayton’s $8 billion hospital and medical care industry collects ever-more data in electronic medical records, and they become a target for data thieves. With hundreds of thousands of people coming and going from hospitals each year, a business case has been made for more investment, officials say.

“For years we have implemented a lot of security controls, encrypting data, firewalls, virus protection, spam blockers,” said Beth Hunkeler, CIO of Dayton Children’s Hospital. “We are protecting that credit card data from the moment it’s swiped, so it isn’t compromised at any point along the way.”

It’s not just financial data hackers want, she said. Attacks in health care exceed other industries because medical data is a lucrative market. It can be used repeatedly when criminals impersonate patients for everything from fake medical bills to prescriptions. Unlike a credit card which can be cancelled, some of these frauds take longer to figure out, Hunkeler said.

University of Dayton and Premier Health recently announced a new Center for Cybersecurity & Data Intelligence that will focus on the health care industry at first. The center will help develop business strategies for sharing information technology infrastructure designs, developing methods for monitoring and documenting threats, and communicating them.

“Thousands of University of Dayton and Premier employees come in contact with thousands of bits of electronic information daily, so you can imagine the millions of touchpoints affecting most everyone in the region,” Premier Health CIO Gary Ginter said. “While UD and Premier must continue the training of employees, it’s important that we provide understandable and attainable recommendations to the greater Dayton community for protecting their personal data, including health information.”

Dayton Children’s, which sees 300,000 visits a year, invested in InstaMed Healthcare Payments P2PE, which is a security client for the hospital’s credit card machines. They link financial information to electronic medical records for secure payments.

To read the full article, Dayton health care groups double down on data security, visit the Dayton Business Journal.

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