The growing reality is that all healthcare organizations are now on a journey to the cloud. In fact, by 2020, 80% of healthcare data will pass through the cloud at some point in its lifetime. But every organization’s cloud destination can be different — full cloud or hybrid — and in the interim, you need to protect data wherever it goes and wherever it lives. The key is to be proactive and aware of your available solutions. We recommend these tips to keep the security of your data intact.

Five Ways to Keep Healthcare Data Safe on Its Journey to the Cloud

  1. Keep legacy systems secure. Healthcare organizations tend to migrate software like Windows Server 2003 later in the migration process, but after expiry they need interim security protection until they migrate — without the high cost.
  2. Safeguard patient portals and data centers. Healthcare organizations need to protect their data in the cloud, on-premise, and in virtualized and hybrid environments for patient portals, data centers and EHR systems.
  3. Detect and prevent breaches. The Anthem breach is a grim reminder of the massive damage network and medical device data breaches can cause. Be proactive.
  4. Protect patient health information (PHI) in motion and at rest on all endpoints. Data loss on mobile devices, laptops and multiple endpoints is the number one cause of healthcare incidents. Are you offering the best technology for mobile patient care? How is it secured?
  5. Meet compliance needs. Compliance with various regulations such as HIPAA, HITECH and PCI DSS requires security considerations.

Your risk assessment may identify gaps, and there are a number of ways to mitigate or remediate issues. When you’re developing a security strategy for your electronic health records (EHRs) and patient portals, it’s important to look at the entire ecosystem and take a multi-layered approach. You need to think holistically to ensure you have the proper controls in place for your end users (employees, contractors, vendors) as well as your entire data center.

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