How to Remove Complexities in Applying Digital Transformation
July 11, 2020
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When every other sector such as hospitality or tourism is undergoing a digital transformation a major sector like healthcare can’t lag behind. This article will showcase few reasons as to why digital transformation in healthcare is the need of the hour and how to keep it secure.
Availability of Information
In the era of smart living, smart health is the key to the successful healthcare business. And these days, as information is available at the tip of the fingers, it has become important for the hospitals and other health care providers to update websites and maintain their apps so that the patients can access details such as dates when their surgery is scheduled, the day they have an appointment, or the list of doctors and their complete details etc.
Maintenance of Medical Records and Data
Almost all business sectors have switched to computers to maintain employee records, stock records etc. The switch happened because of the ease of accessing the data whenever required and same goes for the healthcare digitization.
Digitalization has definitely made the maintenance of the healthcare records easier. But with the digitalization there comes the concerns for security threats. So why are hospitals records targeted by the cyber thieves?
Preventing the Data Theft
Apparently, the value of the stolen medical records is ten times more valuable when compared with the stolen credit or debit card data. This data is valuable because of the sensitive data involved such as names, residential addresses, social security numbers if applicable, birth dates, billing information etc which can be used by the thieves to target people. Also, the drug cartels or the drug dealers can utilise this sensitive data to create fake ids to buy the drug or carry out any other illegal transaction.
Also, the cybersecurity of the hospitals is low because of low investment is done by the stakeholders and it is as low as 10%. Therefore, the hospitals need to step up their game when it comes to securing their data because of the sensitive nature of the information stored in their systems and also it is the breach of the trust placed by the patient.
Adoption of BYOD
Another problem faced by the healthcare sector is the adoption of BYOD, which allows the doctors and other health practitioners associated with the hospital to access the official data from their personal systems which endangers the data because it is easy to hack into the data when compared with hacking into official servers. Also, the hospitals do not monitor the personal systems of their employees so the data can be leaked very easily.
The technology is bringing more and more benefits to both the major parties of healthcare industry. Future is smart and going to change the life of entire healthcare bodies at a larger positive note.
Therefore, this new wave of digital transformation in healthcare, empowering the pharma practices needs to ensure various security layers for the sensitive data recorded in their systems. Several steps can be taken such as multiple scanning, improved mail security etc to protect the precious data stored the servers from the vicious cyber thieves or the hackers.
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