Business & Technology
The healthcare space is undergoing drastic changes in terms of operations and patient communication as a result of digital transformation initiatives and the patient-centric care movement.
Healthcare providers are implementing new technology to improve patient care and outcomes. Such innovation has simplified physician-patient communication through applications and wearable devices, as well as physician collaboration through electronic health records and cloud analytics. Now, patients are able to talk to doctors and get medical care without physically going to medical facilities, and doctors are able to perform research leveraging newly available computing power.
These advancements in healthcare have opened up immense opportunities for medical communities. However, they have also opened up opportunities for cybercriminals. Greater technology use means increased attack vectors for cybercriminals to target as a means to steal confidential data, with 90 percent of healthcare providers having been victims of at least one data breach in the last two years.
To continue to develop new services designed to improve care, without sacrificing data security, healthcare providers have to carefully establish cybersecurity protocols and select security solutions that provide defense in-depth without hindering IT functionality.
This was the subject of our recent CISO panel webinar, "Security That Restores Patients as Priority." In this webinar, Fortinet CISO Phil Quade spoke with Hussein Syed, CISO at RWJBarnabas Health, and Erik Devine, CISO at Riverside Healthcare, about how they are addressing some of the most pressing IT challenges facing healthcare while enabling technical innovation.
Here are some of the top healthcare IT challenges highlighted by our CISO panelists.
Each of these healthcare technology trends improves the ability of healthcare professionals to provide high-quality care for patients, yet they also affect how IT professionals must approach cybersecurity. Thus, as medicine evolves to include greater digitization, security strategies and protocol must evolve alongside it to ensure strong functionality combined with defense in-depth.
High-quality patient care cannot be sacrificed for cybersecurity. Or vice versa. However, making security a secondary consideration can lead to major consequences for organizations and individuals in the event of a data breach or other security compromise.
You can still hear from our healthcare CISO panel to get expanded information on these and other cyber challenges, as well as guidance on mitigating threats in these today’s sophisticated digital environments. To learn how healthcare providers are leveraging technology for digital transformation and the patient-centric care movement while incorporating fast and effective security, watch the webinar on demand.
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