5 Ways To Tackle Security Issues in Healthcare

With the rising concerns on safety and security of healthcare organizations and healthcare data breaches, there is an urgent need for organized planning and technical approach to strengthen healthcare security.

Here are 5 ways healthcare organizations can considerably tackle security issues:

Appointing Experts — It may not be enough for healthcare organizations to add security responsibilities to an existing employee’s job description. There is instead a need to appoint knowledgeable professionals with experience in healthcare as well as cyber security. Being specialized in healthcare security, it becomes easier for such experts to understand the organization’s workflow and critical data migrations to detect loopholes and breaches.

Accounting of Data, Tools and Usage — Technological advancements has brought its own set of pros and cons for healthcare organizations. While on one side the growing infiltration of IoTs, wearables, robots, etc. have improved the level of care at reduced costs, they have also caused vital data to be dispersed across various devices and platforms, resulting in data loss and breach. The only way to tackle these privacy worries is for technical experts to work in tandem with IT for inventorying every tool and the vulnerability associated with the use of these tools.

Building Organization-Wide Culture — Security of a healthcare organization is not the responsibility of a single department. Instead there is a need for organizations to engrain this responsibility into each employee and department. Unless everyone in the organization feels responsible towards reviewing the risks and benefits of initiatives big or small, it may be difficult for organizations to strengthen security.

Addressing Basic IT Needs — Given the vulnerability of data stored in healthcare organizations, it is a must for every organization big or small to ensure that basic IT mandates are covered. This includes safety measures like encryption of laptops, choice of secure passwords, etc. There is a strong need for organizations to employ automated security tools that can easily address these basic yet significant security concerns.

Securing Wireless Access — In an attempt to provide patients and guests with greater provisions, most healthcare organizations largely depend on Wi-Fi access. In addition, the Internet of Things has added to the vulnerability of wireless access. However, what organizations fail to realize is the potential internal and external threats that can crop up with wireless access. In order to strengthen the security of these communication backbones, it is important for healthcare organizations to employ standard security tools and automated procedures that can keep a tab on an organization’s Wi-Fi accessibility. Measures should be taken to ensure inaccessibility of secure networks, data bank and other vulnerable information by ex-employees.