Electronic health records (EHRs) offer many benefits, such as centralizing a patient’s information and streamlining communication. These benefits will only grow as technical advancements continue in healthcare.
Healthcare has long been a regulated space due to the sensitive personal information collected and stored. Top of mind when thinking of healthcare regulations is HIPAA, which provides comprehensive and mandatory standards for ensuring the security and privacy of protected health information (PHI). Noncompliance can result in heavy fines, as well reputational damage.
Over the past few years, Fortinet has attended HIMSS to participate in conversations surrounding the direction of healthcare technology. We have contributed to and led these conversations, leveraging our cybersecurity expertise to convey the importance of securing IT investments to healthcare IT professionals. These conversations are especially poignant now, as attacks on hospitals and healthcare providers have become more impactful due to their frequency and level of sophistication.
Organizations are becoming increasingly reliant on digital capabilities across industries, and this is no different in the healthcare space. New technology has enabled patients to take a more hands-on role in their care, simplified patient/physician communication, and improved the ability of patients to get care in rural locations. For this adoption of technology to be effective, however, healthcare providers must ensure they have the necessary WAN (wide area network) infrastructure to accommodate more requests and greater bandwidth needs.
Ransomware attacks are becoming more prolific in the healthcare sector to great cost. Learn how much ransomware really costs healthcare, as well as the best defense strategies.