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Healthcare Organizations Too Confident in Cybersecurity

July 12, 2019 / Kacy Zurkus

According to a survey of 100 healthcare professionals from hospitals to physician group practices, more than half of respondents are highly confident in the cybersecurity of their patient portals. The State of Patient Identity Management report, published by LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, revealed that healthcare organizations (HCOs) have great confidence in their cybersecurity preparedness. While confidence in their cybersecurity is high, the survey also found that most organizations are only using basic authentication methods despite the growing number of data breaches in which patient identity has been compromised. The survey found that 93% of HCOs rely on username and password authentication for patient portals, yet only 65% deploy multi-factor authentication. The results continued to dwindle when respondents were asked about addition authentication methods, according to a press release.