As healthcare moves online, providers must step up security practices

MedCity News

Todd Moore

As data breaches increase in size, and as large organizations demonstrate their willingness to pay ransom, it only becomes a matter of time before more healthcare organizations are the subject of a coordinated attack.

Over the past 18 months, the amount of health data collected and transmitted using cloud computing has exploded. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, many forms of care and treatment were upended as clinics and healthcare providers were forced to offer virtual consultations and telehealth services. According to research from the Centers for Disease Control, the number of telehealth visits during the third week of March, 2020, increased by 154% when compared with the same period in 2019.

The massive expansion in online healthcare means...

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