The problems and solutions to Digitizing Healthcare

The problems and solutions to Digitizing Healthcare

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Friday, November 30, 2018

As the healthcare industry is adopting the digital revolution underway, data security has become a vital concern for them. Recent attacks that created headlines in the U.S. such as the Virtua Medical’s HIPAA breaches, phishing hacks on Aultman Health Foundation email accounts, and many more which have made organizations across the globe to reform their security measures.

Hacks on patient data not only breaches privacy but it also becomes vulnerable to data forging and modifications. Nonetheless, compliance regulations such as GDPR and HIPAA Act are able to protect data to an extent. But healthcare industries have to look beyond it and strengthen their security to help them gain their patient’s trust. Due to this, the healthcare providers are adopting technologies such as blockchain.

The distributed ledger based technology provides a highly encrypted platform to protect confidential data and allows preapproved peer-to-peer sharing. Moreover, AI and IoT monitoring systems can be utilized to detect anomalies early on and prevent the onset of a data breach. Regular checks on the database and the security technologies can also help prevent data loss in the long-run.      

While planning to implement a healthcare security solution, healthcare security technicians need to be aware of all different types of attacks affecting other verticals and implement a concrete solution to prevent a security failure in terms of patient data. Healthcare organizations need to employ regulatory teams to create a care-focused business that would create a communication and collaboration among various departments and staffs. It will help them identify and manage a risk portfolio as well as unify the organization in its collective responsibility to handle patient data with care.

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