Combating Data Security in the Healthcare Industry

Combating Data Security in the Healthcare Industry

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Monday, November 26, 2018

The advent of advanced technologies has hugely impacted the healthcare industry. The healthcare providers have put the technology to good effects in order to provide an efficient healthcare solution to their patients. Many software and mobile apps have helped to gather a vast pipeline of data which has provided greater insights for the healthcare industry. The healthcare providers have used the data to make the healthcare more accurate and engaging to the patients. The analysis of this data has helped the doctors to study the effectiveness of a particular treatment process on a patient which, in turn, can help to serve a larger pool of patients.

Internet of things (IoT) has contributed a lot to the process of data collection. Any electronic device which transfers data, and is connected over internet adds to the internet of things. Many healthcare providers have started using mobile apps to provide personalized care to patients. Analysis of this data can go a long in helping the healthcare professionals to cure a disease. According to Flatiron Health, 96 percent of the existing that might have the potential to cure cancer, has not been analyzed yet.

Patients send their healthcare data to these healthcare service providers. These data are sensitive and requires a security layer to protect it from getting into the wrong hands. The healthcare apps should also ensure that their apps comply with the HIPAA standards. In addition to the HIPAA standards the healthcare companies can also take these following measures to ensure the security of their patient’s data:

Regular Security Audits:  Hospitals schedule third-party security audits on a regular interval. These audits check the security level of the hospitals and the security level for their physical data. Healthcare industry needs to apply the same kind of vigil for their wireless network also.

Outdated device: An updated device has an advanced security which keeps the device secured from all the previous bugs. Outdated devices are not removed from the network. Cyber attacks like WannaCry entered into the network with those outdated devices only. The healthcare professionals should remove any outdated device from the system to ensure security for other people in the network.

Third-Party Data: hospitals have to rely on third-party data to diagnose a patient accurately. These data can sometimes carry malware with them. The hospitals should do a thorough security check before letting any data enter into their system.



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