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Healthcare Information Technology Exam Guide for CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician and HIT Pro Certifications by Brian Gugerty, Kathleen McCormick

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Definitions 1

In order to better enable the reader to discuss risk management in healthcare, following are definitions of some key terms:

Asset An asset is something that needs to be protected from harm or loss. In healthcare IT security terms, an asset can refer to health information itself or devices containing health information. In healthcare privacy, safety, and other risk areas, assets consist of sensitive health information, patient safety, emotional or physical well-being, etc.

Vulnerability A vulnerability is a weakness that leaves the asset unnecessarily exposed to harm inherent in the design or implementation of software. In healthcare IT terms, a vulnerability can be an unnecessary connection from a system hosting live healthcare ...

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