“My organization is absolutely prepared and solid when it comes to cybersecurity issues and requirements.” . . . Well, actually, this might not be a statement that many of us are comfortable making.
Instead, one health care system is exploring and sharing what it has done to address cybersecurity, including the lessons that it has learned that might be of value to organizations in all sectors.
Brenda Grant, chief strategy officer for Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) Health System, a 2015 Baldrige Award recipient, will lead a session titled “Operational Effectiveness: Focus on Management of Information Systems and Cybersecurity” at the Baldrige Program’s annual Quest for Excellence® Conference in April. She intends to share her organization’s learnings to date from its work on addressing cybersecurity using the Baldrige Cybersecurity Excellence Builder.
In a recent exchange (captured below), Grant described her upcoming presentation and her perspective on the Baldrige framework.
What are some examples of how you’ve seen organizations benefit from the Baldrige Cybersecurity Excellence Builder?
Everyone is aware of security breaches and phishing attempts (and if the truth be told most of us have “clicked” when we shouldn’t have!). The Baldrige cybersecurity framework is helping the CAMC Health System lay a strong foundation for determining cybersecurity-related activities that are important to our business strategy and service delivery.
What are your top tips for introducing or sustaining use of the Baldrige framework to promote an organization’s success?
What do you view as key reasons or ways that organizations in your sector can benefit from using the Baldrige framework?
There is such change and uncertainty in health care today. As a result of the Baldrige framework, we have built a culture of strategic planning, performance improvement, and transparency that engages our entire workforce. Our learnings around benchmarking and focus on results ground us in our planning and in our daily work.
What would you say to a group of college students about the Baldrige framework and its Criteria?
This is an easy question because I do this a lot! Students working on their master’s degrees often ask how they can apply the Baldrige framework to their organizations if they are not in a management role and their organization is not on the Baldrige journey. I tell them to learn and understand the Baldrige Criteria and apply them to their jobs; for example, establish processes and outcome measures for their work, do cycles of learning, and share their results with their managers. Then, ask to pilot their improvements within their departments and with other departments and watch the enthusiasm spread.
Given what you’ve learned from applying the Baldrige framework in your work, are there ways you’ve also applied the framework in your personal life and, if so, would you please share examples?
I have the privilege of serving on a number of community boards and since “Baldrige” becomes the way you think, I have used the Baldrige framework over and over to help organizations improve their leadership systems, planning systems, and results.
Do you have any funny stories or anecdotes that you’re willing to share about your experience with your organization winning the Baldrige Award?
The use of Top 5 Boards is kind of a trademark for our organization. We stress the importance of focusing on the vital few. But I had one person ask how many Top 5 boards I recommended that a department have—they just couldn’t fit all the department improvement efforts on one Top 5 Board!
Note: The Baldrige Cybersecurity Excellence Builder is a free download for any organization.
BALTIMORE | April 8–11, 2018
Join us for the 30th Anniversary Quest for Excellence Conference showcasing the best practices of the 2017 Baldrige Award recipients!
Sunday, April 8
Join us Sunday evening for the Award Ceremony and Dinner honoring the 2017 recipients.