The Cyber Insecurity Initiative of the Los Angeles Health Care Security Systems Project

submission by pkatona

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

The Center of Medical Multimedia Education and Technology (COMMET)

Organization(s) website(s):

www.COMMET.org

Organization(s) twitter handle(s):

https://twitter.com/epicenter_la

Organization(s) facebook handle(s):

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Epicenter/220315941470120

Organization(s) instagram handle(s):

N/A

Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization

Government

Other (please specify below):

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.

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COMMET promotes the widespread use of new medical technology, helping to bridge the gap between medicine and technology.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.

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Nearly all of LA’s hospitals use electronic health records. We have identified a mismatch between perceived versus actual vulnerabilities, and according to cybersecurity experts, electronic systems are much more vulnerable than we realize, which places LA County residents at great risk. Our initiative will conduct a thorough vulnerability assessment of digital healthcare information in LA’s hospitals to assess the differences between cyber threat perceptions and actual vulnerabilities.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA

Westside

South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)

LAUSD

Other (please specify below):

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to healthy food

Healthcare access

Exposure to air toxins

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Percent of imported water

Obesity rates

Housing affordability

Rates of homelessness

Walk/bike/transit score

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Rates of mental illness

Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)

Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the healthiest place to live.

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The residents and visitors of LA County deserve and expect a safe, reliable healthcare system that protects their personal health information and provides unimpeded information to the appropriate provider in a timely manner. We are still at the dawn of a rapidly evolving technological age in healthcare. As our use of healthcare technology and cyberspace expands, so do the cybersecurity threats.

The Cyber Insecurity Initiative will proactively address these concerns now, guiding our use of new technology in a safe and responsible manner. By 2050, healthcare will be totally dependent on technology and cyberspace, and the decisions we make now will allow LA to take full advantage of benefits offered by reliable, digitized healthcare while proactively minimizing the risks to the private health information of every individual who uses LA County’s hospitals.

Additionally, disasters and public health emergencies (such as biological terrorism and pandemic diseases) must be considered. If used to its potential, our healthcare system can use EHRs to mitigate the effects of a disaster and speed the public health emergency response and recovery. In fact, the effective use of EHRs even has the potential to mitigate a pandemic disease early in its tracks. This can only be achieved, however, if the system is safe and secure.

Finally, the routine and safe use of EHRs will drastically improve the daily lives of all LA County residents and visitors. Healthcare can be provided faster, more effectively, more efficiently, and cheaper thanks to the benefits of digitized healthcare. The Cyber Insecurity Initiative will ensure that we do so in a way that minimizes or negates the potential risks to digitized healthcare as we approach 2050. Residents will feel safer knowing that their medical privacy is secure and the system is working well.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

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Participation of healthcare technology buyers, users, managers, administrators, and compliance officers will provide the questionnaire data analysis we need. To be most effective, we will require the buy-in and support of these individuals to properly assess cybersecurity concerns. The support of both top-level administrators and hospital/healthcare associations will help and we have already gained support from them for the initiative. Analysis will concentrate on finding the specifics of the gap between perceived cyber threats to the healthcare system (by healthcare administrators, providers, etc.) and actual threats. This measure will be initially assessed through questionnaires and interviews with a wide range of healthcare technology buyers, users, disaster managers, administrators, and compliance officers. The Cyber Insecurity Initiative will then analyze the results and provide recommendations to address the gaps between perceived and actual threats.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)

Education/training

Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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