Healthcare Information Security, Compliance, and Risk
Healthcare is in the midst of a perfect storm of change that is being driven by healthcare, consumer, IT, and security trends.
These trends promise major benefits that will empower healthcare workers, including doctors and nurses, by improving the quality and reducing the cost of patient care. However, these trends also increase privacy and security risks that must be managed to avoid security incidents, such as breaches. Compounding this challenge are the ongoing cost-reduction pressures in healthcare, and the limited budget available for privacy and security measures.
Security controls must mitigate risks in a way that preserves an optimum user experience for the healthcare worker; otherwise, workers may seek alternatives that can circumvent or disable security. Healthcare workers now have access to many tools that provide powerful, but potentially risky, alternatives such as personal smartphones, tablets, USB keys, social media, apps, file transfer services, and even personal email. Use of these alternatives can lead to non-compliance issues and create significant additional risk.
Implementing a proactive, preventative approach to privacy and security—one that includes technology together with administrative and physical controls—is a practical strategy that healthcare organizations can use to manage risk. To meet the future security needs of healthcare, security solutions must be high performance, robust, usable, and cost effective. Vertically integrated security solutions that make use of hardware-assisted security (HAS)—from Intel and McAfee*—can deliver strong security with a great user experience, enabling healthcare workers to deliver effective patient care without the need for risky alternatives.