Building Optimal Security in the Healthcare Continuum

Building Optimal Security in the Healthcare Continuum

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Friday, November 30, 2018

Over the last years, the healthcare industry has been amongst the prime targets for hackers. Patients are often dealing with life-threatening conditions, exchanging large amounts of money, and financial information, and they want to be assured of having their privacy protected when it comes to medical records.  So, hospitals should start adopting more advanced forms of technology to protect patient data and prevent their systems from being compromised. Some of these may include more advanced software, better monitoring systems, and revolutionary technologies such as biometrics.

The key principle of the documentation remains the same—support of patient care. But at the same time, Electronic Health Records are affected by ransomware. Blocking ransomware and malware attacks requires preventative measures such as employee training, secure systems, and properly-configured firewalls.

Healthcare industry is changing due to evolving patient, vendor, and employee needs; accordingly, cybersecurity policies should also be updated. To battle any business vulnerabilities that exist, organizations should run frequent risk assessments.

Similar to other industries, cybersecurity improvement in healthcare will not happen overnight. It has become a status quo for the CISOs and other security professionals in an organization to raise suitable defense mechanism and safeguard the confidential healthcare data that they are hoarding. To this end, AI and augmented intelligence have provided many applications, and promises the organizations to adapt and build optimal healthcare security mechanisms.


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