Digital transformation has brought many positive changes to the healthcare industry but has raised many concerns too. Technology is an asset for organisations, but it is also a threat if not used correctly – especially in integrated healthcare where so much personal data exists online. There are a number of ways data may be breached in healthcare too; from office theft, human error, hacking, ransomware, and misuse, the ways information can be lost are numerous. The consequences are also costly, with fines of over $2m for a single data breach under NDB regulations, not to mention downtime, loss of loyalty, possible ransom costs, and the price of restoring information. This is an ongoing battle for health IT security executives, and one they will continue to face in the future.
A Balancing Act
The big question is why more technology increases threats. The rapid adoption of electronic health records and integrated healthcare has seen an increase in the use of personal and mobile devices. This increases endpoint security threats and makes it harder for organisations to monitor and manage who is accessing their data, where, and why. In the healthcare industry, it is integral that individual data is kept safe. Not only does it contain personal information maintained under patient-doctor confidentiality agreements, but also houses sensitive insights such as bank details, home addresses, phone numbers, and more. With so many people logging into networks and even bringing their own devices to work with, healthcare organisations raise their risks significantly to multiple threat types. Accessing data on an unsecured network may result in being hacked, having a device stolen may result in lost or ransomed data, human error could see the accidental publication of sensitive files, and a security strategy that is not reliable could see catastrophe within a company.
So, why allow for data to be accessed anywhere, anytime under Integrated Healthcare? Because, when balanced properly, the benefits significantly outweigh the risks. Patients and practitioners can access their records quickly and effectively, keeping all involved up-to-date, accountable, and in control. Patients receive better care, doctors deliver better services, and organisations can run more efficiently than ever before. Integrated Healthcare lets providers focus on providing superior levels of care and control without sacrificing costs and while saving time and effort.
Better Security for Better Healthcare
The key to ensuring the best Integrated Healthcare solution possible is to apply proper security measures. This includes:
- Mobile Device Management
- Endpoint Security
- Antivirus Software
- Multifactor Authentication
- Single Sign-On
- Data Loss Prevention
Healthcare organisations should also take a hard stance on growing the growing digital presence they are facing. This means training staff about how to keep data secure, and how to respond effectively and efficiently in the event of a breach. Patients who engage actively with their digital records should also receive information about how best to protect their data, especially if they use wearable devices to monitor their health.
Integrated Healthcare is an asset to a modern world; even with its risks. If you want to learn more about how to make the most out of your digital investments, and how to secure your workspace effectively, contact MOQdigital today.