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Evolution of Cybersecurity In Healthcare Sector
Healthcare organizations are offering life-critical services to its patients and are striving hard to improve the treatment and patient care with the latest technologies but there are criminals, and cyber actors exploit the vulnerabilities associated with these advancements. Cyber attacks like WannaCry has alerted healthcare IT professionals to protect the medical records. This results in significant trust issues among the patients and the medical staff along with a considerable effect on the monetary cost of data breaches.
In the US, it is mandatory for all the healthcare sectors to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) for safeguarding the sensitive data which specifies that all physical, network and process safety measures meet the high standard as set by the authorities, non-compliance of which can result in significant penalties. Therefore, we can conclude from this that more needs to be done by healthcare professionals to protect patients' sensitive data.
Harness the new technology
The blockchain innovation is a globally distributed ledger that runs on millions of devices. Medical records, digital currency, personal data or any other form of the asset can be transferred as it is a secured and safe network which uses smart code and cryptography to access data.
It is virtually impossible to hack a blockchain data because to access the information; each person must solve a complex mathematical problem created by the cryptographic hash function. Each square at that point has a timestamp and an immediate connection to the past square which frames the chronological chain strengthened through cryptography. Thus, to change the information stored on one square in the chain would require adjusting each previous square, something that would take large computing force, time and expect the agreement of each party on the blockchain's authorization. While no innovation is 100 % unhackable, at this present time, it would take a quantum computer to steal information stored on a blockchain.
Having all medical data in one place is convenient for both patients as well as the doctors. Only those who a patient grants access to medical records secured on the blockchain will be able to do so.
Though healthcare IT is advancing, it is becoming more susceptible to the ever-growing cyber threats. Therefore by integrating 24/7 monitoring systems that can detect, respond and contain cyber-attacks when they do happen, its consequences on the healthcare industry can be mitigated.
With the rise of aging demographics, outdated infrastructure, and the growing chronic diseases, there is an urgent call for improved and technology-driven solutions. From harnessing blockchain innovation to enhancing firewalls and guaranteeing healthcare IT frameworks are observed all day, every day, healthcare organizations can secure their structures while likewise enabling individuals to use their data for good. Eventually, for universal global healthcare to help everybody, it must advance to guarantee outright security and that cooperation where required is maintained, as this is vital to the fate of population wellbeing for a more versatile, worldwide workforce.
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