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Are You Prepared for Cybersecurity? What Industry Is Planning and How You Can Manage It

L Tarbox1*, A Neff2*, R Kapoor3*, (1) University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, (2) MIM Software, Inc., (3) VCU Health System, Richmond, VA


(Monday, 7/15/2019) 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Room: Stars at Night Ballroom 4

The Medical Physicist is often responsible for managing for the overall infrastructure of the radiation oncology department, including network and information technology. Institutional IT departments, responding to the increasing threats of information theft, ransomware, etc. are more and more requiring greater cybersecurity within the institution and from vendors providing applications such as treatment planning, treatment management, and patient management. Government regulation and reimbursement is pushing in the opposite direction, requiring more access to information by patients and regulators. As a result, the medical physicist is often in the middle, working to provide sufficient information security while participating in the management of information delivery to patients and other parties.

This session features three speakers who are actively involved in defining information security policies, network structure, and the security needs of radiation oncology organizations. Two speakers will discuss industry efforts to meet the demands of IT departments in securing information. Following their presentations the final speaker will discuss how the medical physicist can lead the implementation of an information infrastructure that promotes the operations of the institution in a safe, secure environment.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn how industry is re-engineering applications to meet guidelines in Information security.
2. Understand features in DICOM that will improve the security of Medical Information exchange.
3. Examine the role of the Medical Physicist in preparing for cybersecurity-oriented changes while keeping their departments compliant with information safety.

Funding Support, Disclosures, and Conflict of Interest: 2) Employee, Varian Medical Systems.





TH- Dataset analysis/biomathematics: Informatics

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