How cybersecurity supports digital transformation in healthcare

SC Magazine

Vishal Salvi

Digital transformation in the healthcare sector has been underway for a few years now and the COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated the rate of adoption. For instance, we’ve seen a massive uptick in telemedicine. The entry of several digital native players in the healthcare ecosystem has resulted in greater digitalization of the engagement value streams and business processes. Now, there’s greater adoption of cloud-based systems and digital tools in healthcare, facilitating an ecosystem approach to delivering healthcare services.

Along with the massive benefits of going digital, the healthcare industry has also become increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has reported a 50 percent year-over-year increase in breaches at hospitals and healthcare provider networks.

Because healthcare operations are so critical, they make an attractive target, both from commercial and political standpoints. Ransomware attacks can bring down mission-critical systems leading to considerable chaos and even loss of life. As healthcare organizations roll out...

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