5 Ways Health Care Can Achieve Stronger Data Security

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Data Storage in the Cloud

A third of health care organizations say that when it comes to data security, they are most concerned about the use of public cloud services. However, it is not just public services that should be of concern. With respect to private cloud storage providers, there can be a range of solutions and variances in the types and implementation of security measures. Because HIPAA rules apply to business associates and their subcontractors or vendors, it's important that all cloud service providers contractually agree to adhere to HIPAA standards.

If health care organizations allow the implementation of cloud-based applications such as enterprise file-sync-and-share services, IT departments should ensure that a solution is in place that will encrypt files at the endpoint before being pushed to the cloud.

The world of health care has been drastically transformed through the development of electronic systems used to transmit data between physicians, diagnostic clinicians, lab techs and other practitioners. Although they have advanced patient care, these systems also make securing of protected health information (PHI) far more complicated than the old "lock and key" approach.

Although more than a year has passed since the cyber attack on health insurance giant Anthem, many industry experts are still asking questions: What went wrong? Who is at fault? Were there preventative measures that could've been taken? And while these questions have yet to be answered, immediate action must be taken to achieve better security. In this slideshow, Mark Hickman, COO at WinMagic, discusses the top five ways health care organizations can protect themselves from a data breach.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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