When health data is under threat

By | 1 minute read | July 10, 2019

Protecting health information is more challenging, and more important, than ever. According to a report from the government’s Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force, healthcare organizations are more vulnerable to cyberattacks than ever due to factors such as a lack of full-time IT security experts on staff, legacy systems that don’t support current security needs, and incorrect assumptions about the vulnerability of an organization’s networks and devices. [1]

As alarming as cyberattacks may be, they aren’t the only source of data breaches. In fact, 70 percent of data breaches reported are the result of human error, according to security experts with IBM X-Force. [2]

Opportunities for data to be compromised include misconfigured databases or servers, unauthorized access, password theft, lost or stolen hardware, protected health information stored on clinicians’ personal devices and improper data disposal. An organization’s security and IT leaders have their hands full when trying to make sure the proper protections and protocols are in place to minimize risk to their data’s security.

However, the way to protect data is not to lock it away and make it inaccessible. Its value lies in its ability to be accessed and used by the people who need it, particularly physicians who are making care decisions for their patients.

So how do organizations strike this balance between data security and accessibility? One security solution is a vendor neutral archive (VNA), which gathers and stores all data in one security-rich central repository. When a VNA is combined with a universal viewer, physicians can access and share the records and studies, regardless of platform or location within their organization.*

Read more about how VNAs can help organizations manage their data in this new executive brief.
*iConnect Access is not FDA cleared for diagnostic use on mobile devices.

1. Report on improving cybersecurity in the health care industry. Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force. June 2017.
2. IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2017.