What are Some Risk Factors for Healthcare Data?

What are Some Risk Factors for Healthcare Data?

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Friday, November 26, 2021

It is critical for healthcare businesses to thoroughly investigate potential data breach reasons and build effective security solutions that consider both internal and external risk factors.

FREMONT, CA: Data security is critical in the healthcare business to safeguard personal patient information and adhere to rules such as HIPAA. Historically, maintaining and securing patient data was relatively simple because it was stored on paper and secured in filing cabinets.

However, improvements in technology and the digital age have resulted in the electronic storage of patient records on computers, servers, and storage devices. Increased dangers of data breaches, malware, viruses, and other harmful attacks are associated with electronic records.

Today, nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals rely on computers and tablets to access, update, and record patient data. Additionally, data may be exchanged between several healthcare facilities and providers. As such, improved healthcare data security solutions are required to mitigate the risks associated with malicious data attacks or technical failure.

Several of the more general risk considerations that healthcare operations must consider while building healthcare data security solutions include, but are not limited to the following:

The continued usage of obsolete/legacy systems: Hackers acquire access to healthcare data more efficiently when operating systems, software, and legacy systems are outdated. These systems lack adequate security because the firm that produced the software or hardware no longer supports them. It is preferable to upgrade to more modern and secure technologies.

Malware-infected email scams: Phishing scams are growing increasingly sophisticated, with emails appearing to come from well-known sources such as vendors and suppliers. By opening the email or clicking on the links contained inside, a hacker can install malware and gain access to healthcare data. Educate staff on the need to exercise caution and never open suspicious emails.

Internal personnel, contractors, and vendors, among others: Healthcare data may be stolen, shared online or accessed by dissatisfied workers, contractors, and vendors.

Insecure or insufficient security for wireless networks: Data security extends beyond networked workstations. Given the prevalence of wireless devices in healthcare companies, it is critical to safeguard wireless networks using complicated passwords.

A deficiency in data security training: When employees, contractors, and vendors, for example, are not adequately trained, they may be unaware they are breaching security regulations. It is critical to train all new employees. It is similarly reasonable to perform regular reviews of all staff employees to adhere to current and correct data security policies.

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