Inspira, a global IT solution provider, sees that Indian healthcare is intimidated by vast unstructured data to deal with. There lies a potential opportunity to maneuver this by using the latest technologies and methodologies to sift through this data.
The adoption of technology has helped to process patient information in a digitized manner. Artificial intelligence, blockchain, electronic health records, virtual reality, and telemedicine are just a few ways that the healthcare system can make safer for patients and practitioners alike. Moreover, with the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare companies’ need to undergo a digital transformation is more than ever before, said Vishal Jain, director, Inspira Enterprise.
It is now inevitable for healthcare to keep pace with digital transformation. The sector feels challenged to identify the right technology which is worth investing in. It should look for a system to increase its efficiency by eliminating unnecessary processes and paperwork. On the one hand the healthcare sector needs to provide doctors with decision support tools for effective treatment. On the other it should bring in a system to eliminate redundant testing to improve public health reporting and monitoring. There should also be a process for feedback between health-related research and actual practice enabling high level of interoperability among EHRs (electronic health records) maintained by individual physicians and medical care centres, he added.
Loss of healthcare data and patients sensitive health records is dangerous because of an individual’s personally identifiable information. But unfortunately, most of the healthcare providers are unprepared to support and secure the internet-connected technology. This is where cyber criminals take advantage of this vulnerability. Unsecured internet-connected devices in any healthcare centre is a high impact target for cybercrime. Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting not just medical centres but health insurance and their third party administrators (TPAs) with ransomware attacks that are on the rise, Jain told Pharmabiz.
It is only with total compliance that cyber risks can be kept at bay and digitization will enable process to be protected. In order to strengthen the cyber security programme, medical centres need to perform a risk analysis on data storage within and outside of its EHR systems. They will need to assess who has access, where it is transmitted and destroyed. This will expose the potential risks. It will help to stay aware of current threats, take action to detect attack vulnerabilities as only implementation of cyber security measures can allow effective protection, he said.
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