Data security is integral to the booming healthcare sector
By Nitin Gaur
The adoption of Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), EHRs and automation, are on the one hand paving way for better patient care, and on the other hand, exposing private data to thefts and breaches.
In the process of going digital, the healthcare industry has been switching from physical to electronic health records (EHRs). Advocates of health information Technology encourage EHRs because they improve quality of care, reduce cost, enhance patient mobility, are more reliable, and enable evidence-based medicine.
The adoption of Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), EHRs and automation, are on the one hand streamlining the functioning of the healthcare industry for better patient care, while on the other hand, they are exposing people to data thefts and breaches. Many healthcare organizations are facing data thefts, posing as a huge threat to clients' sensitive medical and personal information. A patient's medical record consists of not only his/her medical history, but also identity and personal information. Safeguarding this information is crucial to the acceptance of Technology.
In this digitized age, data is an important corporate asset to be protected from data breaches that could cause financial losses, and more heavily, affect the trust factor among consumers. With the increasing number of data breaches in the healthcare sector, the need for data security has become vital.
Privacy and security of health information
Patients have to share every minute detail about their health with the doctors for them to provide the best treatment possible. This information is highly personal and should be secure and confidential. While progressing with the assistance of Technology is inevitable, a patient's trust in his medical partners cannot be compromised.