Harmony Healthcare IT Presents Tips at HIMSS18 on how Legacy Data Management Planning Helps Deflect Healthcare Cyberattacks

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Healthcare is the number one industry for cyberattacks in North America. Learn more about how to fortify IT defenses and stay out of data breach headlines by decommissioning legacy applications that may be open doors for cyberattacks.

Vice President of IT and Chief Security Officer at Harmony Healthcare IT

Rick Adams, Vice President of IT and Chief Security Officer at Harmony Healthcare IT

Archiving may not be the first thing on your health system’s cybersecurity task list, but it should be. A health system’s best defense is to limit the number of systems it needs to protect.

As healthcare tops the list as the most cyberattacked industry in North America for 2017, vulnerabilities from aging systems is the number one concern for IT executives according to a recent survey by Grant Thornton and The Professional Services Council. "Of the many initiatives CIO’s and IT executives are considering to shore up their cybersecurity defense, creating a legacy data management plan should be at the top of the list," says Harmony Healthcare IT (HHIT), makers of HealthData Archiver®.

HHIT will share guidance to help healthcare providers guard their legacy data during a presentation: “Healthcare Cybersecurity Strategy: Make a Big, yet Easy Defensive Move – Create a Legacy Data Management Plan” at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Cybersecurity Command Center at the HIMSS18 event at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas. To download the white paper, visit: http://www.harmonyhit.com/resources/security

“Archiving may not be the first thing on your health system’s cybersecurity task list, but it should be,” said Rick Adams, Vice President of IT and Chief Security Officer at Harmony Healthcare IT. “Think of it as closing and locking as many doors and windows to your organization’s valuable electronic health information. A health system’s best defense is to limit the number of systems it needs to protect.”

Adams also notes that considering the cost benefits of consolidating legacy systems and the added security of having less systems at risk, it makes sense to archive as much legacy data as possible into a single, secure archive.

The HIMSS18 Annual Conference and Exposition is March 5-9, 2018 at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas. The HHIT team will be at booth #1454 and also in the Cybersecurity Command Center at kiosk 8600-66.

About Harmony Healthcare IT
Since 2006, health IT analysts at Harmony Healthcare IT have extracted demographic, financial, clinical and administrative data for hundreds of healthcare provider organizations - both ambulatory and acute. Headquartered in South Bend, Indiana, the company’s mission is to preserve vital information that will improve lives. Harmony Healthcare IT employs experts in data extraction, migration, retention, integration and analytics to provide its clients with trusted solutions. Working with hundreds of applications, billions of records and petabytes of data; Harmony Healthcare IT with its product, HealthData Archiver®, provides clients with access to historical records. Simply. For more information about the company, visit: http://www.harmonyhit.com.

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