Apple’s September event yesterday showcased many new updates for technology, but what was most interesting is their new apps targeted at healthcare professionals. While evolving technology can increase availability, convenience and adaptability for physicians, it raises many questions about the safety of patient records.
Taking both Apple’s reveal and recent healthcare data breaches into consideration, many health institutions are reevaluating their data storage process. With that being said, here are five points to take into consideration when revamping a healthcare data system.
- Assess any potential risks
- IT practices can become routine or mundane over long periods of time. The same IT standards and protocol may have worked in the past but could have serious vulnerabilities with today’s technologies. Reviewing protocol for patient information storage can bring any policies that need to be updated to light, as well as refresh employees’ memory.
- Strictly monitor devices
- Surprisingly, the majority of data breaches are performed physically. For this reason, all employees should remember the importance of not leaving devices unattended or logging off when done in a specific area. Devices are most vulnerable when unattended.
- Enforce a strict BYOD protocol
- Developing a written BYOD policy or protocol can eliminate any confusion for employees regarding where, when and on what device is acceptable to access patient records and other classified information. A strict policy keeps all employees and physicians accountable.
- Reevaluate access privileges
- While a network system can be most convenient for all employees to access information remotely, no one employee should be able to access all information. By reevaluating access privileges, employees should only be able to access information that is pertinent to their patients or responsibilities.
- Pair with a data security provider
- Partnering with an outside data management or security provider can give the best insights towards what type of data management program is best suited for your institution. ITAD professionals can perform all levels of data security and IT asset management, from risk assessment to device removal and replacement.
HOBI International is an R2, RIOS, ISO 14001 certified IT asset management provider. With more than 20 years in the data erasure business, HOBI has never experienced an information breach. We provide full scale data erasure and destruction.
Patient and physician privacy is every healthcare institution’s number one priority. In light of recent information breaches, institutions may panic. With more technology being targeted towards healthcare professionals, new security measures must be taken to ensure patient privacy.