If we experience an Internet outage, it essentially puts us out of business in providing care. This can be life-threatening when dealing with the often serious medical issues of the population we serve. Ecessa’s PowerLink™ is especially helpful for us, as we need the flexibility to provide healthcare any place, any time.
Doctors, nurses and other practitioners use technology, from mobile and wearable devices to big data, to improve patient care. Wearable and connected devices are now used in regular practices, creating incredible efficiency, helping to scale services and improving patient care and outcomes. Electronic health records (EHR) ensure everyone who works with a patient has complete and accurate information. Hospitals, clinics and other healthcare institutions need more network bandwidth with reliable, secure connections.
The mobile device trend, while first appearing in the consumer and business sectors, has since expanded into healthcare as well. In fact, a study done by Gartner shows healthcare is leading the adoption of the Internet of Things — connecting devices as well as people — which will grow to 26 billion units installed and connected by 2020.
A 2016 HIMSS survey on the use of connected technologies by hospitals found that 52% of hospitals used three or more connected technologies and 47% expected to expand their use of connected health technologies in the next few years.
In their 2018 survey on cybersecurity in healthcare, HIMSS found that the majority of respondents (75.7%) indicated that their organizations experienced a significant security incident in the past 12 months. The majority of respondents (79.5%) also indicated that they expect their respective organizations’ use of resources to address cybersecurity concerns to increase in the next year.
Security in healthcare is more than a courtesy. It’s required.
HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, sets the standard for protecting sensitive patient data. Any company that deals with protected health information (PHI) must ensure that all the required physical, network, and process security measures are in place and followed.
The HIPAA Privacy Rule addresses the saving, accessing and sharing of medical and personal information of any individual, while the HIPAA Security Rule more specifically outlines national security standards to protect health data created, received, maintained or transmitted electronically, also known as electronic protected health information (ePHI).
A supplemental act was passed in 2009 called The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act which supports the enforcement of HIPAA requirements by raising the penalties of health organizations that violate HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.
Network security is a vital component of HIPAA compliance. Ecessa secure SD-WAN solutions fortify healthcare networks at the same time they allow organizations to increase bandwidth and ensure automatic failover and Never Down connectivity, even when a carrier has an outage.
As big data, mobile devices and remote apps continue to permeate the healthcare industry, and as concerns about protecting sensitive patient data continue to rise, one thing becomes abundantly clear: institutions are utilizing more network resources and demanding more cybersecurity measures than ever. If available bandwidth can’t meet the demand or network connectivity drops, application performance of suffers and compliance is compromised.
The bottom line? In today’s world, it’s not good enough to just have abundant bandwidth and multiple links, health care organizations need those resources optimized for “never down” performance with confidence in securing the diversity of endpoints vulnerable to attacks.
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