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What Does Digital Transformation Mean for Healthcare Security?

by Jackie Davis

The age of digital transformation in the healthcare field has come. With this digital boom comes better patient care backed by streamlined data and operations. Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), Telemedicine, artificial intelligence, and automation, healthcare providers can offer improved patient services at a lower total cost. While these technologies improve patient outcomes and overall cost, they do come with the potential for compliance and security risks. According to the IDC Futurescape Worldwide Healthcare IT Predictions, within the next five years, 80 percent of healthcare service interactions will use IoT and analytics to improve the value, timeliness, and quality of patient services.

Digital transformation in healthcare has a long list of benefits to patients and providers alike. Improved access to patient care with telehealth, home monitoring and retail clinics, reduced cost, and 24-7 access to patient information with remote multi-channel patient information access all contribute to better patient outcomes. With the invention of this technology, came cybersecurity innovation to defend protected healthcare information (PHI).

Providers can make more informed decisions using big data analytics and IoT technology to improve patient service and outcomes. It is important that healthcare professionals understand the value of the technology and data they have access to. Companies like VMware accelerate digital transformation in the healthcare industry by building and evolving their existing IT environments. VMware technology runs, manages, and secures healthcare applications and infrastructure to provide stronger information security.

“With this new facility, we had a rare opportunity to start essentially from square one with our IT program,” said Tanya Townsend, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at LCMC Health.
We wanted a leading-edge, highly virtualized infrastructure to deliver best-of-breed medical applications.”

Healthcare organizations can’t afford to fall victim to cyber attacks, especially those who handle PHI. A data breach can affect patient care and the trustworthiness of a company. With digital technology now a critical element of healthcare infrastructure, its imperative that providers take the necessary security precautions.

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