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Major Obstacles in Healthcare Data Management
The data is gathered from a large number of people and includes essential financial information.
Fremont, CA : For many industries, cybersecurity has become a top priority. Among these, it is significant for the healthcare industry, which requires greater precision at all times and may have severe consequences if it is compromised. Many healthcare institutions have turned to technology as an ally, developing a slew of practical applications. However, since the systems now deal with digital data/information, this digitalization has made the business vulnerable to multiple cyber-attacks.
Large amounts of compassionate information are held by healthcare institutions together. The data is gathered from a large number of people and includes essential financial information. According to statistics, while other businesses have taken steps to detect and mitigate cyber threats, the healthcare industry has been hesitant to implement cybersecurity, prompting attackers to redirect their attention to the less secure healthcare sector.
As healthcare organizations embrace new technologies and expand into new areas, Chief Information Officers must ensure that their IT infrastructure can mitigate threats and that backup strategies are in place to ensure that data is available when needed.
Let’s see obstacles in Healthcare Data Management
Human or user mistake is one of the most common causes of data breaches. While viewing lab work through the provider's portal over an unprotected network, sending sensitive information, or uploading/downloading unencrypted data over the cloud, users unwittingly expose the backdoor access to their data. It's also worth noting that while HIPAA restrictions apply to healthcare professionals, they don't apply to users.
Adoption of Cloud and Mobile
Recent shifts in time, such as the coronavirus pandemic, have caused people to keep a safe distance from one another and execute work remotely. Remote/distance healthcare solutions, such as mobile healthcare apps, video conferencing, and texting have exploded in popularity as a result. As a result of this expansion, attackers have more opportunities to steal data and information. While healthcare companies can encrypt data in the cloud, covering it on-premise/user apps may be more complex. As a result, healthcare providers should maintain strict security and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) rules to guarantee that their cloud and mobile technology usage does not violate HIPAA.
Industries like healthcare, which rely on accurate and exact data all of the time, cannot afford a system failure. Meanwhile, to maintain stability, systems are frequently not upgraded regularly. While such systems provide durability and stability, suppliers terminate support for your IT systems, including critical security patches, posing a significant data security risk. Many healthcare practitioners are still using antiquated systems and are finding it challenging to adopt new technology into their clinics. They must look for compromised systems and gadgets that could allow illegal access.