How is a Healthcare Information Security Pro Supposed to Keep Up…Much Less Stand Out? 

Look, it’s complicated. Growing volumes of electronic health records. New government regulations…and increasing regulation enforcement. Unprecedented complexity in the IT security landscape, in general, and in the healthcare IT (HIT) security landscape, in particular. If you’re a healthcare information privacy, security or compliance professional, how do you keep up? Just as importantly, how do you stand out?

You know that expertly managing processes, procedures and people to safeguard protected health information requires detailed, specific expertise.  You’re also surely aware that the ground is shifting beneath our feet on a regular basis.

A recent article in Wired underscores that hospitals and health systems, among others, are still wrangling significant vulnerabilities that are putting their systems at risk, as well as any third party networks also connected.

The healthcare sector is increasingly looking for ways to:

  • Ensure they are entrusting PHI to qualified professionals
  • Keep key staff up-to-date with continuing professional education
  • Set their organization apart by giving patients/customers more confidence about their privacy, security and compliance standards

I have always been a strong proponent of certification as a way of demonstrating and maintaining competency in a set of skills or knowledge. And I believe certification is immensely important in the realm of information privacy and security. But of course, not all certifications are created equal.

For these reasons, I have become a big supporter of the HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP) certification. The HCISPP is administered by (ISC)2®, the global not-for-profit organization that delivers the gold standard for information security certifications. This is a powerful certification, and easily one of the best I’ve seen in this space.

In order to achieve the HCISPP credential, practitioners must possess at least one year of experience in healthcare, as well as additional background in IT security, compliance, and privacy best practices and techniques.

As a privacy and security professional, HCISPP helps you:

  • Stay on the cutting edge of trends within your field
  • Become more marketable to healthcare organizations
  • Enhance your credibility within your industry and among your peers
  • Help your organization avoid breaches that can adversely affect the organization’s brand, patient care, bottom line, and ultimately, shareholder value

I believe in the value created by this curriculum and, as such, Clearwater has signed on to be an official training provider of (ISC)2®, offering HCISPP courses to prepare professionals for certification exams. We don’t provide this service to create a significant new revenue stream. We do it because we believe in advancing the industry by promoting and upholding the highest level of professional standards possible.

If you’re interested in learning more about HCISPP, click here to continue reading. Our next training seminar is taking place in Nashville on August 18th -20th . Sign up today!

Bob Chaput

CEO at Clearwater Compliance
Bob Chaput is widely recognized for his extensive and in-depth knowledge of healthcare compliance and cyber risk management, and is one of the industry’s leading authorities in healthcare information security today. As a leading authority safeguarding health data, Chaput has supported hundreds of hospitals and health systems to successfully manage healthcare’s evolving cybersecurity threats and ensure patient safety.