Compliance & Risk - Healthcare's Digital Transformation
By: Blair Felter on February 24, 2020
In a recent Nashville Medical News article, Data at Risk, authored by our very own, Ernie Sampera, Ernie explores the truly life changing advances in healthcare technology. What’s more, he details the significant risks associated with these advancements and the regulatory measures in place to help mitigate these risks.
In the article, Ernie notes that there are approximately 3.7 million connected medical devices in use that monitor various parts of the body to better inform healthcare decisions. Frost & Sullivan predicts the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) may well comprise 20 to 30 billion devices by the end of the year. According to Allied Market Research, by 2021, the global IoMT market will reach nearly $137 billion. That said, the increasing numbers and capabilities of connected medical devices pose additional risks for data security.
More Devices = More Patient Data = More Risk
A reputable colocation data center can provide organizations with an extensive array of tools for mitigating the risk of DDoS and ransomware attacks, Ernie adds. Since these facilities have much greater bandwidth capacity and more secure routers managing incoming traffic, data center security is far more equipped to withstand attempts to overwhelm their infrastructure than the typical on-premises IT solution. With blended ISP connections that provide multiple layers of redundancy and real-time monitoring powered by predictive analytics, data centers have ample resources to combat the latest DDoS attack strategies.
HIPAA and HITECH
Both HIPAA and HITECH apply to any organization that handles personal health information in any capacity — including third-party vendors, whether they’re handling data as a contractor or subcontractor — a responsibility that extends to data centers and colocation facilities. In order to obtain and maintain their compliance status with regard to sensitive healthcare data, data centers and colos must demonstrate that they have implemented a number of security measures that go far beyond the storing and distribution of EHRs, electronic medical records (EMRs) and personal health records (PHRs).
Are you protected?
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