4 Cyber Security Tips to Protect Healthcare Data

Change is the reality of life and probably a new constant. Technology intervention is one such change that is currently ruling the world.

Technology Intervention and Industrial Growth

Technology intervention is bringing changes across the industries and our healthcare industry is not an exception to this. Staying up-to-date about these technology changes can be of great help for startups and can make them change things for good. 

If you want to survive in modern times, stay aware of these changes and adopt them open-handedly. Among many things that have revolutionized the healthcare sector comes modern technologies such as EHR (electronic health records), telehealth, remote monitoring of patient health, wearable technology etc.

How Technology is Changing Healthcare?

Not only in terms of patient care, but technology is playing a major role in the functional and operational management of healthcare facilities. A few days back I was studying some of the advanced systems that are revolutionizing the healthcare industry. I came across an argument on the use of a hospital management system in Pakistan and it blew my mind. 

From predicting the functionality to assisting the hiring and management of healthcare workers, hospital management systems are doing it all. However, there is a downside to this technology intervention, that is related to cybersecurity in healthcare. With everything going digital, there are more and more cases of data heists in the healthcare sector. This not only puts patient’s lives at risk but also exposes their bank account and other personal details to hackers that can manipulate them accordingly.

How to Protect Your Online Data in Healthcare?

If you are working on technology intervention in the healthcare sector and have your concerns on this, then here are a few data security tips that might help you.

1- Ensure proper training of your staff

No matter how automated or digital a system is, there is always a need for proper staff training so they can manage things well. Data handlers who don’t understand the key aspects of healthcare data security can act as a potential attacking side for hackers. Thus, it is also important and one of the very first things to do to save yourself from any data theft. This little investment can save the future of your thousands of patients and save your healthcare facility from losing its trust. 

2- Work with limited access option

You may find it difficult to operate well with a restricted access model but this is indeed very helpful for you. When everybody has access to data then it can be a warning sign for you. More connected computers you have will increase your chances of data theft and other related crimes. So, if you don’t want to suffer in future, it is better to streamline your work practices so only a few people have access to sensitive patient data and other health records. 

3- Keep updating your passwords

When it comes to choosing a password, we are more likely to work on a one for all approach but do you know that this can act as a loophole in your data security system. Choice of passwords can be your first line of defence against online crimes. Be mindful of not choosing one kind of password for all your devices. Furthermore, a recommended practice is to update your passwords from time to time so your data may remain secure. 

4- Ensure layered protection

The more protected your data is, the more difficult it will be for hackers to intervene. So, adding layers after layers of protection should be a part of your data security policy so you don’t have to deal with data breaches in future. Security isn’t only about passwords; you may need additional layers of physical and digital security to save your data from potential invaders. 

Bottom Line!

Technology has the potential to bring massive changes across industries. Our healthcare industry is not an exception to this. The use of technology in healthcare has become a practice and grooming industry. Not only is it resulting in better patient care but boosting the financial output of healthcare facilities. 

However, data security is a big problem in this. Exposing your data to potential invaders not only puts patient’s lives at risk but is also harmful to your business reputation. So, you need to take enough measures to protect your data from any such thing.

 

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