Areas of Focus for Healthcare Organizations When Securing Digital Transformation

Inside Digital Health

Sonia Arista

Digital innovation has revolutionized the healthcare industry and medical services. In addition to providing new, cutting edge treatments, the implementation of new digital solutions also enables healthcare facilities to cut costs without sacrificing the level of care they provide. Furthermore, network advancements have had a profound effect on providers’ abilities to offer comprehensive remote care to patients who require treatment from home or are unable to make it to a medical facility.

While digital transformation has undoubtedly benefited the healthcare sector, it has also made it a prime target for cyber criminals looking to steal valuable patient data or hold online resources for ransom. As a result, protecting against cyber threats has become a necessity, with healthcare providers increasingly relying on their IT and security teams to thwart malicious actors and manage security across networks. The challenge is that the sector’s rapid digital transformation, and partnership strategy to expand clinical services, has made it difficult for security teams to adequately manage emerging cyber threats and protect patient data.

An attack on a healthcare network has the potential to be life-threatening, so assessing and managing risk is of paramount importance. With that in mind, understanding how to manage the security of digital solutions requires knowing the exact security risks each new technological innovation and digital service poses.

There are three areas that should be prioritized when working to improve healthcare digital security practices:

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