Today’s world of care is dominated by new technologies that impact the way providers communicate among themselves, other healthcare organizations and patients.
As we adopt these new technologies, we expose new areas to security and compliance risks. With stolen health records fetching an average of $363 on the black market, it’s no surprise that hospitals are a prime target of theft.¹
As the industry and government grapple with the best way to protect patient information, compliance requirements become increasingly complex and costly to uphold. When surveyed, 61 percent of IT healthcare respondents say meeting compliance requirements is the top IT security spending priority.² However, being compliant doesn’t safeguard against a breach. Compared to today’s sophisticated cyber criminals, compliance standards are slow moving and often fail to stop attacks.
However, there are ways you can meet compliance goals while also preventing common security threats in this new world of care. The best part? You can cut costs, too.
Prepare for connected care
It’s time to start thinking ahead. Medical professionals are doing more work on mobile devices, and providers are using more connected wearables for general health and outpatient use. This is quickly becoming a weak spot in the healthcare system and raises security concerns for the future of healthcare. Hospitals need to guard mobile data on the device, in transit and within backend systems. Enable data sharing among your workforce without compromising important IT compliance needs and make anywhere-access a key piece of your infrastructure.
Healthcare is rapidly changing, from the way care delivery is being performed, to how providers and patients are communicating. As the industry struggles to keep up with security threats, healthcare organizations face complicated compliance requirements that can be challenging to navigate. By thinking outside the regulation box and proactively focusing on smart, sophisticated and secure content management strategies, you can stay ahead in today’s world of care.
- 1Humer, Caroline and Finkl, Jim. "Your medical record is worth more to hackers than your credit card." Reuters.com. 24 September 2014.
- 2Landi, Heather. "Survey: 96% of Health IT Leaders Feel Vulnerable to Data Threats, Yet Focus Remains on Compliance." Healthcare-Informatics.com. 14 April 2016.