This is a guest post provided by Russell Branzell, CEO and President of CHIME. Huntzinger periodically invites its clients and partners to contribute to The Huntzinger Blog.
By Russell Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO
CEO and President
College of Healthcare Information Management Executives
How long have you been in your position at CHIME?
About five years.
What do you see as the key challenges facing healthcare?
Certainly cybersecurity comes to mind. I don’t think we’ve ever faced such a challenge in healthcare that has the potential to cause so much destruction. Despite our knowledge of the threat — as we’ve seen breaches in other commercial sectors — healthcare has become a bigger target for hackers as they’ve learned the value of the information within medical records. As an industry, we weren’t prepared for this. As soon as an organization implements a new system, it’s already at risk, as someone is looking to hack it. A bad guy only has to find one loophole in the entire ecosystem, while we have to protect against all of the loopholes.