Reducing the Security Risks Of Mobile Technology to Improve Patient Care
In this blog, I will talk about Reducing the Security Risks Of Mobile Technology to Improve Patient Care. It’s hard, if not impossible, to think of a time when more attention has been paid to healthcare. While the government and the National Health Service (NHS) throw every resource possible at meeting the demands of caring for those struck down with COVID-19.
The rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile technologies are accelerating the pace of change and offer great opportunities to advance healthcare, as well as providing the potential to deliver significant savings for the NHS. However, they also present numerous risks and challenges that need to be overcome.
The growth of IoT in healthcare will see billions of new devices and endpoints in use, containing a diverse range of features, connections, standards and protocols. Some of these devices may be simple, like touch less or smart thermometers, and their security risks low. Other devices may carry sensitive patient data with far more risk attached.
Picture a hundred of these thermometers in an average hospital however, all connected to the network in order to communicate temperature readings to a centralized patient record. If these devices are improperly managed and left unsecured, that leaves a hundred open endpoints that can be exploited in a cyber attack. Any growth in cyber attacks directed at the healthcare sector puts both the health and private information of many people at risk. Infrastructure for data storage, access to health data and information sharing has been rated as just 5 out of 10.
Delivering a high quality service is a priority. In critical healthcare environments, there are countless time-consuming demands that are placed on workers. From admitting patients, to managing medication and medical records, there are many tasks that put a strain on a healthcare professional’s ability to work efficiently and provide a high level of care.