live / 2015

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

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by The Center of Medical Multimedia Education and Technology (COMMET)

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.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • County of Los Angeles

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Conduct research
  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Implement a pilot or new project
  • Expand a pilot or a program
  • Mobilize for systems change
  • Advocate with policymakers and leaders
  • Implement and track policy

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics?

  • Healthcare access
  • Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)
  • Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

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?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Volunteers/staff (human capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Network/relationship support