With more than 300,000 computers worldwide compromised by the WannaCry ransomware in at least 150 countries, including the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, Monday was expected to be a day of reckoning for U.S. healthcare organizations facing the file-encrypting malware. However, Tom Bossert, President Trump’s Homeland Security Advisor, told members of the media that the infection rates have “slowed over the weekend” since WannaCry started in the U.K. on Friday and quickly spread to the rest of the globe. In addition, providers still are considered highly desired targets for ransomware because medical information is valuable to hackers, who can sell it for a variety of purposes, and healthcare organizations might be more willing to pay a ransom because having access to encrypted medical data is crucial to maintaining continuity of care.
In a minimum of 150 words respond to the following, if you were the CIO (chief information officer) of a hospital, what could you do to protect your patients and your facility? Your initial post to the given topic of discussion should contain a minimum of 2–3 peer-reviewed references.
Quality Inspections: Developing a Data Quality (DQ) Assessment Tool
Based on the assigned readings in weeks three and four, by this time, you should have developed a sound understanding of the concept quality as it relates to the upholding reliable data to contribute to the delivery of health care services and treatments. Construct a tool to employ within your HIM department to assess the quality of data housed in both electronic and paper format. Post a copy of your tool and provide a brief description which identifies a quality improvement tool that you would use in the event, the quality of data does not adhere to departmental, organizational and national standards in order to determine a “problem source”.
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