Health Sector IAM Survey

A US survey of over 260 IT decision-makers by Imprivata has some interesting findings:

87% of respondents are planning to transfer all patient data to an electronic health record (EHR) format within the next two years

62% cited ‘unauthorized access to clinical applications/patient data’ as their number 1 security concern for 2009

54% indicated that they already have user provisioning in place, or plan to implement provisioning

65% felt that it is important or very important to implement clinical context management for synchronized patient context across applications

None of these stats are particularly surprising.  Those responsible for delivery of clinical systems want high security, efficient user management and slick context management within user sessions. Health services delivery demands these capabilities in their IAM systems, and IT will invest in process and technology to meet these needs.

But does the fact that this is a vendor funded survey overly bias the findings?  Is this just another piece of slick marketing under the guise of ‘research’?


Author: code

Mike Waddingham is senior Information Technology management consultant with over 30 years of industry experience. He is the owner of Code Technology Corp.