Healthcare sector digitisation has helped healthcare providers navigate vital technology that places the needs of patients at the forefront. Although the healthcare sector has been helped by digital transformation, it has also made the sector a prime target for cyber attacks.
The healthcare industry has faced a rain of cyber attacks worldwide, although many areas of the Asia Pacific region have also not been spared in the recent massive wave of ransomware attacks. Almost all the computers at Dharmais Hospital and Harapan Kita Hospital in Jakarta, where vital IT systems with patient records and billing were locked up, were hit by the fallout of the WannaCry attack.
According to the announcement made by the Honorable Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, as the first step towards Universal Health Coverage, the national health ID for every Indian is expected to boost the country’s health services’ quality, effectiveness, and accountability.
Although this is a positive move in making healthcare available to all, it also comes with the burden of protecting consumers’ data and privacy, as well as healthcare providers’ digital solutions. A quintessential hospital uses hundreds of connected devices today, including implantable, wearables, cameras, workflow, imagery, and data systems for patients.
It is difficult to protect patient information and maintain strict standards of patient confidentiality, because web-based systems are commonly used to provide approved users with easy and pervasive access. Three ways to ensure safe and confidential access to healthcare facilities and data are presented here.