It is common in the healthcare industry that medical records are kept confidential because it is a law requirement. Holding significant information about people’s medication requires care and security. Nobody wants to publicize their medical concerns especially if those medical conditions are something that the patients are ashamed of. It is their right to keep it secured and unknown even to their family or relatives. If you are working in a healthcare service especially in the information system, you need to be proactive in safeguarding the records under your care. This infographic provides significant insights to keep it secured.
1. Decades ago, physicians would write a patient’s medical records in the bulk of the paper. However, because of the availability of computers, laptops, and other gadgets, they are now using electronic records. One positive advantage of this is that retrieving information can be easier. However, because of electronic records, accessing it remotely can be done by those who are interested in your records. Therefore, the healthcare sector should invest in data security. It will make the data protected from hackers and intruders.
2. Valuable information stored electronically or even in internet-based storages such as cloud services can be accessed by anyone who has wide knowledge about programming and hacking. Hence, it is necessary that whenever firewall updates are available, you should also update your own security measures. It will allow you to prevent intrusions and protect your data against malware and any other threats.
3. Healthcare employees are now logging data onto mobile devices and they do it remotely. Because of the availability of the data in mobile phones and other mobile gadgets, access to it becomes easier not just to the employees themselves but also to other people who have skills in hacking. What can you do about it? Aside from the general data security that you have, you must also include mobile security programs to protect data that are accessible through mobile phones and other gadgets.
4. Some cybersecurity programs that are very expensive can protect your data very effective when used properly. However, there are cases when the malware are sent in an email. Sometimes, these emails look too legit that your employees might open it. Such can be phishing wherein through that email malware is automatically downloaded into your system. The malware will now give hackers access to the information shared on your employee’s computer. This means that an employee’s training should be conducted prior to installing any data security software.
5. Video surveillance can also be helpful in dealing with misconducts or theft of medical prescriptions. However, video surveillance will be useless if no one reviews the records of the video. Hence, you must assign security personnel who will always watch over it.
6. Another best way to keep your healthcare facility is to limit and control access points. Employees’ key cards or keys should only allow them to access areas where they are assigned to. The challenge might come in setting emergencies but definitely, you can work it out along with other facility managers.
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