February 10, 2018

ABOVE AVERAGE IS OVER:

How AI Can Transform Health Care Security Problems into Opportunities (Robert Lord and Dillon Roseen, FEB. 8, 2018, New America)

A look at the numbers shows the punishing need for health care security professionals. A 2016 Institute for Healthcare Technology survey found that 72 percent of health care organizations in Georgia had more than 50 job openings. Healthcare IT News reported that "demand for skilled IT professionals is expected to continue to grow, with three areas most in demand: electronic medical record systems, cybersecurity, and system integration." Reinforcing this concern, CIO magazine wrote that "health care is continuing to experience a shortage of qualified health IT staff that, in the view of some observers, is growing worse," with one-third of managers reporting they had to postpone or scale back an IT project because of inadequate staffing. "Tens of thousands of jobs are going to be needed, and we don't have the people for it," said Frank Myeroff, president of Direct Consulting Associates, a health IT staffing firm.

Further complicating the workforce shortage? Information security analysts can be expensive; such workers commanded a median annual wage of $92,000. Health systems, many of them resource-challenged nonprofits, must compete for these skilled workers against the deep pockets of corporate giants that seek them out in increasing numbers. And even as squeezed hospitals attempt to cut costs by replacing highly paid consultants with cheaper in-house staff, they continue to invest heavily in technology. Clearly, the growing need for professional information security analysis represents a serious challenge for many health systems, a problem many health care executives are likely to understand all too well.

And yet, much of the actual work of information security analysis in a health care environment, such as meticulously checking access logs to prevent and respond to unauthorized entry, can be automated--if you have the proper tools. 

Labor has no value.

Posted by at February 10, 2018 7:23 AM

  

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