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From the President

ISSA International President Keyaan Williams

Remembering Houston

Houston, Texas, is the fourth largest city in the United States by population. The recent floods and devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey affect the life and livelihood of more than 2.3 million people in Houston, plus thousands of other people in communities throughout Southern Texas and Louisiana. People affected by this storm are putting aside their differences to support, care for, and even save each other.

I invite all ISSA members and the global information security community to remember the people affected by Harvey as you go about your daily business. All contributions to the relief are appreciated to help people put their lives back together. We should do whatever we can to help these communities recover from one of the worst natural disasters in US history. If you have the means and desire to contribute financially, the North American Mission Board and the Salvation Army give 100 percent of all donations raised to relief efforts. Please contribute how you can and remember Houston!

Healthcare security

The September ISSA Journal focuses on healthcare security.

From the moment you are born, you are touched by a healthcare professional who “delivers medical care in a systematic way, following prescribed protocols and procedures.” ~ Linda Ray. These procedures have been refined over hundreds of years to ensure healthcare professionals leverage the best protocols and procedures to contribute to the well-being of their patients. Advances in technology have improved the delivery of healthcare services and medical procedures in hospitals. These advances have also created an explosion of health IT solutions that provide an array of technologies to store, share, and analyze health information.

The most prominent health IT solutions include electronic health records (EHRs), personal health records (PHRs), e-prescribing, personal health tools, and online communities. These solutions improve how doctors, health service providers, and individuals use health-related information to manage everything from general health to specific medical conditions. For example, sleep apnea patients can use modern continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines that automatically regulate the air pressure that keeps a patient’s airway open. The devices also provide real-time updates to a pulmonologist who can monitor information and trends to ensure the treatment is effective. Similar types of solutions improve the lifestyle and health monitoring of people with diabetes, heart conditions, and a host of other medical concerns.

The benefits of health IT solutions are not limited to people with health conditions. People who are generally in good health have numerous options for wearable devices that have the capability to track important fitness attributes and provide up-to-the-moment information about sleep patterns, heart rates, and general levels of fitness. Furthermore, these wearables support synchronization with a growing catalogue of personal health apps that combine the information to provide a general picture of a person’s health.

Technology is critical for modern healthcare concerns, whether the concern is personal or related to delivery of services by healthcare professionals. This explosion of healthcare technology comes with risks that the healthcare industry, device manufacturers, and the security industry must work to address. Confidentiality, integrity, and availability are all valid concerns for healthcare technology. The requirements will vary depending on the context and use of technology; however, incorporating security engineering principles in the design of this technology is critical to ensure meaningful protection is provided and access is controlled for all the data produced by this technology.

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Every life is valuable and precious. The systems that support life and enrich it are critical to the health and welfare of society.

~Keyaan Williams

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