Patient privacy is a must for healthcare organizations

The healthcare cybersecurity market is expected to reach USD 16.4 billion in 2025 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.82%

Change is the new norm for the global healthcare sector. In fact, digitization of health and patient data is undergoing a dramatic and fundamental shift in the clinical, operating, and business models and generally in the world of the economy for the foreseeable future. This shift is being spurred by aging populations and lifestyle changes; the proliferation of software applications and mobile devices; innovative treatments; heightened focus on care quality and value; and evidence-based medicine as opposed to subjective clinical decisions—all of which are leading to offer significant opportunities for supporting the clinical decision, improving healthcare delivery, management and policy-making, surveilling disease, monitoring adverse events, and optimizing treatment for diseases affecting multiple organ systems.

As noted above, big data analytics in healthcare carries many benefits, promises and presents great potential for transforming healthcare, yet it raises manifold barriers and challenges. Indeed, the concerns over big healthcare data security and privacy are increased year by year. Additionally, healthcare organizations found that a reactive, bottom-up, technology-centric approach to determining security and privacy requirements is not adequate to protect the organization and its patients.

Now with the present public health crisis, resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, and the consequent increase in adoption of digital solutions for rendering healthcare services have seen rising concerns regarding the use of personal healthcare data. Moreover, constantly changing regulations and growing complexities necessitate the need for healthcare organizations to focus on data security and privacy to protect the vast quantities of patient data under their purview.

To stay in control and to see a positive change with these evolving systems, experts recommend that healthcare providers create a foundational privacy practice. To enable robust privacy practices, organizations need to have stringent policies, tools, and processes to respond to breach notifications and data privacy requirements. Hospitals and practices need to ensure that employees are frequently updated on the latest changes and training that could impact them.

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