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Regulatory mandates are driving health care companies to invest in IT security

Healthcare IT spending is projected to hit $34.5 billion in North America this year, according to TBR, as organizations wrestle with healthcare reform, adoption of electronic records, and the proliferation of digital and wireless medical devices.

When we asked IT pros to name their favorite products, a number of respondents weighed in from the healthcare industry, where IT plays a vital role in helping companies enforce operational policies and abide by regulatory mandates.

Dickson Leung, for instance, singled out Co3 Systems’ Privacy Module -- software that tracks privacy-related regulations and breach notification requirements so companies can prepare for and manage any potential privacy incidents.

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“Co3 is robust, cost-effective, and provides me an out-of-band repository and action system for security incident response,” says Leung, who is chief privacy officer and general counsel at HealthEquity, a trustee of health savings accounts. “This is crucial, in particular for an incident response system, because it means that I don't have to worry about the sanctity of my internal system which, after all, may also be breached.”

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