Security magazine recognizes Providence’s efforts to protect patient and employee information 

Security magazine ranked Providence Health & Services third in its list 75 safest hospitals. The 2010 Security 500 List is based on data supplied in a security industry benchmarking survey and from public resources and records. The survey Security magazine conducted measured specific criteria, including resources dedicated to data security.

“We are honored that our efforts to protect patient and employee information have been recognized,” said Eric Cowperthwaite, chief information security officer, Providence Health & Services.

According to Cowperthwaite, Providence has successfully implemented measurable security controls across the system to protect patients and employees, including:

  • Making sure every portable data device is secure with special encryption software that prevents unauthorized users from accessing the device.
  • Putting security practices and controls in place to ensure Providence meet legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Creating standardized procedures to respond to security events.

“It’s important to us that patients and our employees know Providence is a trusted, safe place to receive health care and to work,” added Cowperthwaite. “Our goal is to always be looking for ways to reduce risk in a constantly changing health care environment while making sure Providence can continue to serve our communities.”

Find out more about the 2010 Security 500 List.