Security Trends Healthcare Organizations Will Confront in 2014

Jan 13, 2014

2014-05-16 Healthcare Tablet Users.jpgOrganizations in the healthcare sector are under stricter compliance standards than other industries due to the amount of confidential information that these institutions obtain. While file sharing solutions, among other technologies, are becoming more popular for these firms, there are still some security trends that medical professionals will encounter in 2014.

Cloud-based storage and sharing
One option for organizations is to use the cloud for online file sharing. While the cloud has significant advantages for users including convenience, flexibility and scalability, healthcare firms still must deal with the security risks that the technology presents. Many employees may choose to use their personal devices to host cloud-based electronic health records, which would violate industry compliance standards. Consumer-grade solutions do not have the security measures that healthcare organizations would need to adequately protect their information from data breaches or other losses. As cloud becomes more popular, healthcare institutions will need to research their options and choose one that will fit their demands.

Patient portals
In order to provide better care, patient portals are becoming more important than ever for medical organizations. This technology is being quickly adopted among hospitals and ambulatory practices for quicker treatment and more accurate diagnoses. According to a recent Frost & Sullivan report, this sector is expected to be valued at $900 million by 2017, a 221 percent increase from its worth in 2012.

BYOD security and mobile devices
It is becoming increasingly accepted for healthcare professionals to bring their own personal hardware for their everyday tasks. However, these devices can pose a significant threat if they go missing or are stolen with sensitive patient information on them. Memeo C1 can help mitigate this risk of data breaches by providing a BYOD security platform that will remotely wipe user devices and ensure that data is not compromised.