The CIO as a business enabler: Key thoughts from Faith Regional Health Services' Brian Sterud

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Brian Sterud, vice president and CIO of Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, Neb., outlines the big trends in hospital cybersecurity with a focus on community healthcare.

Question: How do you think your role will change in the next three years? What are you doing today to prepare?

Brian Sterud: The role of CIO has changed already and will continue to be a business enabler. Knowledge of technology and the corresponding capabilities will remain important; however, these skills are now shared by many of our colleagues. I believe that a CIO needs to understand the business well enough to present solutions to problems that have been identified. In the past, I feel we may have had a solution in mind and went looking for the problem.

Q: What emerging trend or technology in cybersecurity are you most interested in today and why?

BS: I'm very interested in how cybersecurity will be impacted by artificial intelligence. While AI seems poised to impact many areas of healthcare, I believe that cybersecurity may be the most immediate. The ability to ingest disparate data and automate decision making in real-time presents great opportunities relative to security. AI can automate many decisions based on a person's identity, but allows for much more granular control that can be adaptive based on the context.

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