As healthcare organizations adopt emerging technology and expand into new fields, CIOs must ensure that their IT infrastructure can mitigate threats and that backup plans are in place to ensure that data is accessible when required.
Fremont, CA: Large volumes of highly classified knowledge are held collectively by healthcare institutions. This data is gathered from a large number of people and includes crucial financial information. According to research, while other sectors have taken steps to identify and address cyberattacks, the healthcare industry has been reluctant to implement cybersecurity, prompting attackers to turn their attention to the less secure healthcare field.
Here are three challenges in healthcare data management:
Human or user error is one of the most common causes of data breaches. When accessing lab work from the provider's portal over an insecure network, emailing confidential information, or uploading/downloading unencrypted data over the cloud, users accidentally open the backdoor access to their data. It's also worth noting that while HIPAA regulations apply to healthcare providers, they don't apply to users. As a result, users should follow best practices for data security, pay attention to when and where their data is being disseminated, and use strong encryption wherever possible.
Adoption of Cloud and Mobile
Changes in time, such as the coronavirus pandemic, have caused people to keep a safe distance from one another and complete tasks remotely. Remote/distance healthcare solutions, such as healthcare mobile apps, video conferencing, and texting, have exploded in popularity as a result. Although healthcare providers can easily encrypt data in the cloud, covering it on-premise/user applications could be more difficult. As a result, healthcare providers must maintain strict protection and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies to ensure that their use of cloud and mobile technology does not violate HIPAA.
Industries like healthcare, which rely on reliable and precise data all of the time, cannot afford a system failure. To maintain reliability, systems are often not upgraded regularly. While such systems provide reliability and stability, vendors discontinue support for your IT systems, including critical security updates, posing a significant data security risk. Many healthcare providers are already using obsolete technologies and find it challenging to integrate new technology into their practices. They must be on the lookout for compromised systems and devices that could allow unauthorized access.