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Challenges in Addressing Information Security Compliance in Healthcare Research: The Human Factor
American Journal of Operations Management and Information Systems
Volume 5, Issue 2, June 2020, Pages: 25-28
Received: Jun. 24, 2020; Accepted: Jul. 8, 2020; Published: Jul. 28, 2020
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Sweden De Matas, Office of Research Oversight, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington DC, United States
Brendan Keegan, Office of Research Oversight, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington DC, United States
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This retrospective case report aimed to evaluate the impact of information security compliance in research programs across a large federal healthcare organization. The authors sought to discern whether the methodologies employed for promoting and ensuring compliance delivered the expected benefits and produced a more informed basis for employee decision-making. Data collected from compliance report assessments conducted at 103 federal research programs were reviewed and analyzed by clustering into three primary groupings (procedural, technological and behavioral). While noncompliance related to technological strategies was rare, moderate levels of procedural noncompliance was observed across most areas of analysis, and the highest rates of non-compliance identified in the behavioral category and observed across all areas of analysis, signifying the need for a more comprehensive approach to information security oversight and compliance strategies with specific consideration to those factors that impact human behavior.
Information Security, Research, Behavior, Compliance, Risk, Policy, Oversight
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Sweden De Matas, Brendan Keegan, Challenges in Addressing Information Security Compliance in Healthcare Research: The Human Factor, American Journal of Operations Management and Information Systems. Vol. 5, No. 2, 2020, pp. 25-28. doi: 10.11648/j.ajomis.20200502.12
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