Trust is a key ingredient in the recipe for successful patient care, but health care CIOs recognize that this element extends far beyond the standard clinical environment. With news of cybercriminal activity directed at health care organizations worldwide, it's not surprising that patient confidence is wavering when it comes to disclosing personal, medical and financial information to their care providers.
New Tech, New Threats
The urgency of health care IT security reflects a larger issue in the tech landscape, namely that of the growing threat matrix and increasingly complex network architecture standards. Understanding and meeting the demands of the modern tech environment is hardly worthwhile unless information is protected across every database and end user application, especially in hospital and private clinic infrastructures constantly under fire by attackers.
According to a recent article from On Windows, the introduction of cloud computing and other innovations such as data analytics has opened up new doors for healthcare operations, but also left some of those doors open for intruders who strive to gather sensitive information from within their networks. Recognizing this other side of the cloud equation is key for keeping deployments well-protected without sacrificing performance. With patient demands soaring, finding such a balance is a top priority for CIOs in the health care field.
"Patients trust medical advisors with incredibly sensitive information and it must be protected," said Neil Jordan, worldwide general manager for the health industry at Microsoft, according to the source. "Data breaches do a lot more than just harm reputation - they can actually put patients at risk."
For those who are only just integrating new cloud applications and familiarizing themselves with off-premise systems, consulting from an expert service provider may be a necessary stepping stone toward achieving a secure network. On Windows explained that Microsoft's cloud solutions are optimized for maximum protection, especially for hybrid environments.
"Microsoft has been building robust, enterprise-class security capabilities such as data loss protection, legal hold, e-mail retention and e-mail encryption into its cloud technologies from the ground up, and the great advantage of the cloud environment is that we can do this on a huge scale," Jordan told the news provider.
I predict that as data breaches and identity exposure incidents become more common in the IT world, health care tech leaders will focus on bolstering their security measures to win back patient trust.