Mobile, Cloud-Based Security Top Concerns for Government Healthcare Organizations

Sara Jackson | FierceHealthIT | February 22, 2012

At first glance, the new Booz Allen Hamilton survey of government health IT security readiness is pretty positive.

A full 56 percent of respondents--IT directors and program managers with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs and other state and local governments entities--say they're fully compliant with federal security and privacy requirements. Another 65 percent say they have a risk management strategy and action plan for data breaches. And 60 percent say they have a "holistic" security strategy for responding to potential incidents.

The flip side of those numbers, however, show 42 percent to be anywhere from "somewhat compliant" to not compliant with security requirements. Thirty-five percent don't have a risk management plan, or are only just now developing or updating those plans, according to the survey.