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Kevin Scharnhorst

Kevin is the Chief Information Security Officer at Health Catalyst. Prior to joining with Health Catalyst, he worked for Blue Cross of Idaho in Boise, Idaho as a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Development Manager and worked there for five years. Before Blue Cross of Idaho, Kevin worked in the Hi-Tech sector within e-commerce developing enabling technologies for Micron, a Semiconductor Manufacturer to sell and distribute their product portfolio to consumers. Kevin has an Associates in Political Science from BYI-Idaho, a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Computer Information Systems from Boise State University and a Master’s of Science in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University. He continues to teach as an Instructor at Northwestern in the Masters of Medical Informatics Program and also Computer Science at a local community college.

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The Healthcare Cybersecurity Framework: A Top Defense Against Data Breaches and Attacks

Between 2017 and 2020, more than 93 percent of healthcare organizations experienced a data breach. While digital technology and connectivity is increasingly critical in meeting operational and clinical challenges, such as COVID-19, more integration also enables increased exposure to cyberattacks that can impact care delivery, safety, and privacy.
In response to healthcare’s significant and growing cybersecurity threats, vendor organizations and their health system partners need a security framework. A defensible protocol holds vendors accountable to routine audits and compliance measures at a regular cadence, ensuring both parties keep cybersecurity programs active and optimized.

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COVID-19 Healthcare Cybersecurity: Best Practices for a Remote Workforce

Social distancing, effective hand-washing techniques, sneezing into elbows, and the like are critical means of mitigating the spread and impact of COVID-19, but the pandemic has also prompted another area of concern: cybersecurity. A growing remote workforce, more collective time online, and increasingly frequent social engineering attacks that take advantage of public curiosity about and fear of the novel coronavirus are exposing system and network vulnerabilities. Remote workers can increase their online safety by refreshing and ramping up cyber-hygiene best practices, including learning to recognize and report suspicious emails and protecting home internet connections.