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UVHN balances innovation and cybersecurity

PL Staff

How The University of Vermont Health Network makes sure the innovation opportunities that new technology brings are executed safely, mitigating new risks effectively.

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University of Vermont Health Network has used technology to transform the way its services are delivered over recent years, carrying out a number of innovative opportunities to improve patient experience as well as the experiences of its employees. But with new technology, comes risk – and the regional medical group has taken an innovative approach to mitigating that risk.

Staying alert: Establishing cybersecurity awareness

With the rapid growth of connected devices and healthcare data, the importance of cybersecurity has surged for the company. It needed to make sure threats from all angles were covered – and that meant making sure the whole company was on alert.

Building awareness and alignment on cybersecurity required the supply chain team to be integrated into the workflow of IT. This involved ensuring strong procurement practices were built into IT processes, and that procurement activities accounted for cybersecurity at each stage of the process. This means that cybersecurity is central to developing market assessments, and aligning technical requirements with third-party agreements.

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