The shift from in person health visits to virtual care happened rapidly come the coronavirus shutdown. With that quickness, many privacy regulations were lifted to make this transition easier for practices. This has created a cause for concern because it has made healthcare practices a target for cyber hacks.
Gerry Miller of Cloudticity has shared insight on how to ensure safety throughout your telehealth platform. Some of the best practices for compliance are to:
- Automate Redemption
- Perform Formal Risk Assessments
- Reduce Attack Surfaces
Automating everything in your system can help you eliminate the opportunity for human error. These methods can help make your services more reliable and aid in privacy. It is essential to periodically check conduct risk assessments because practices should understand the risk present when transitioning to remote medicine practices. Finally, one should make sure the network they are working with is private; it is also recommended to store user information in a cloud-based system rather than personal or office computers.
Some of the best practices for telemedicine security are:
- Deploy Proactive Network Security
- Encrypt Data Storage
- Harden Operating Systems
Security is critical because it is a way to ensure your patient's trust when conducting visits virtually. Companies should employ an antivirus and anti-intrusion network to ensure security and appear more reliable to their customers. Data encryption helps critical health information, for example, patient health information. Ultimately, general operating systems like Microsoft are more commonly targeted by cyberhackers, services that follow guidelines delivered by the Center for Internet Security are much safer for practices and patients.
Follow the link to read more about specific insights to improve security and reliability: https://hitconsultant.net/2020/10/08/3-telemedicine-security-and-compliance-best-practices/#.X4pNJi05T_Q