29 Nov Healthcare IT moving forward despite slowdowns
The future of healthcare IT and communications is being forced into digital storage and the cloud, promoting more open collaboration among organizations. This may help improve patient care, file tracking and fluidity of the industry in terms of physicians speaking with one another about new ideas and innovations toward patient maintenance. The only problem is that these avenues also open healthcare IT to new security issues.
As more channels of communication are opened, more gateways into infrastructure are created. This may turn healthcare IT into more of a target for external sources, leading hackers to increase their attack volumes in the hopes of succeeding in gaining access to volumes of sensitive personal data.
Increasing healthcare IT protection
Doctors are already in the process of changing their operational procedures to make room for computers as opposed to older methods. According to Nextgov, a report from the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT showed a more than 40 percent increase in the use of IT services in the healthcare industry, meaning physicians and clinicians in all practices are shifting toward digital integration.
Half of U.S.states are currently using computerized solutions instead of old-fashioned pen and paper methods. Much of this transition is being fueled by federal regulations requiring the changeover to electronic records management by the end of 2015, but many clinicians see the potential of these systems without any push from legal entities at all.
GNOMES News wrote that healthcare businesses are dealing with higher volumes of data than ever before, and the nature of these resources is increasingly sensitive. Especially with increased reliance on cloud and digital storage, practices must be sure that they are getting the highest level of security possible these files remain confidential.
Right now Australia and New Zealand are at the head of the healthcare IT field, GNOMES reported, but other regions are doing everything they can to become the next big leaders in the industry. Healthcare Finance Online wrote that the biggest problem companies face in getting to this level is affording the overhead for new systems. By keeping their options open, clinics could find cheaper and more efficient options that still offer the healthcare IT security they need.