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Keep Your Risks to a Minimum by Cleo Gib





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Risk management is an essential part of a number of fields, and the more technically demanding and heavily regulated the industry, the more detailed and exacting those standards and requirements tend to be. Risk management in hospitals is a cornerstone of information security and patient protections, and also plays a key role in the liability for hospital management and personnel. As such, you can never be too cautious when you're analyzing and assessing your risks, nor can you be too careful in outlining your own risk management plan. It's not simply a matter of protecting your own people; your patients also benefit.

Controlling Risk

Analysis and assessment are obviously required before any recommendations or assistance can be given. All applicable industry-specific standards are identified, and any control gaps in your processes or methodology will have to be identified as well. This comes down not only to hardware and software, but staff training and user practices will also have to be examined. The human element cannot be overlooked. You can have the most up-to-date software and hardware available, but any such equipment is limited by the use-effectiveness of the implementation by staff. Procedures and protocols will have to assessed in regards to national or international standards, control frameworks, or guidelines, as applicable.

Threats and inherent vulnerabilities are ultimately unavoidable, but risk factors can be mitigated and proper controls can be put in place to alleviate obvious vulnerabilities and minimize any associated risk factors. After thorough analysis and assessment have been completed, recommendations and assistance for raising control levels can be given, and this can be used as part of the process of updating or creating security policies procedures. Training can be outlined, constructed, and implemented using new controls and adjusted for identified risk factors and known gaps. This process of analysis, assessment, and the reformation of policies and protocols should be enacted periodically as new threats become known. Especially when it comes to information security, new external and internal factors are constantly arising, and it is always recommended that facilities and personnel be proactive in their safeguards.

Remain Vigilant

Advisory services can be begun with nothing more than a phone call. Your patients and staff deserve to know that their information and security are being well-protected, and risk management in hospitals has never been more important than it is today. As digital and mobile as people are today, it's essential that information security be taken very seriously. Hacking, malware, and other external threats are ever present, and protections must be in place to mitigate those risk factors. To maintain best practices and professional standards requires identifying what gaps are in place and what controls are currently insufficient or must be bolstered. Periodic reinforcement of best practices and ongoing training are always recommended, but without thorough analysis and assessment, such efforts are unlikely to optimize effectiveness, and optimization and efficiency are always key in maximizing your performance and minimizing hazards. Your patients and your personnel deserve proper security and protections, and they can be delivered with the right services and assistance.

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