April 20, 2021 | Melinda Cisneros

Your best defense for healthcare security

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Melinda Cisneros, Industry Sales Analyst - Healthcare

Melinda Cisneros

Melinda Cisneros is a healthcare industry subject matter expert with more than 10 years of experience working as a liaison between healthcare facilities and the information technology department at BJC Healthcare.
Summary: A survey conducted amongst healthcare provider executives reveals how the industry had to evolve recently and the role technology plays in protecting employees and patients from rising cyberthreats.

Cybercrime in the healthcare industry has been steadily growing for decades, but a significant spike was seen last year—most noticeably a rise in ransomware attacks. The U.S. saw roughly 600 healthcare data breaches which affected 26 million Americans in 2020,  marking a 55% jump from 2019.1 On top of this, healthcare organizations had to change the way they delivered services to patients during extended periods when orders were issued for them  to stay home. As organizations tirelessly work to address these changes and challenges, it begs the question: What impact does technology have in helping providers win this fight?

See how the healthcare industry as a whole is putting technology and cybersecurity learnings into practice.

The digital lifeline

Healthcare provider C-level executives were surveyed to expose how their organizations are implementing technology to prevent future cyberattacks, while also enabling the latest advances in patient care. The survey uncovered promising results about the digitization of healthcare. To start, health providers have implemented more technology as a means to support their patients in the wake of the pandemic, with 79% turning to telehealth, 55% turning to video chat and 44% to more communication channels. Embracing technology has become the new standard for patient support and an integral part of providers’ future plans.

The doctor can see you now

New technology adopted by healthcare practices has the ability to vastly improve healthcare workflow and patient care. More specifically, voice and video technologies have enabled telehealth services which provide significant convenience and cost savings. On top of that, these technologies offer accessible care to people with mobility limitations or to those who live in rural areas who don’t have access to a local doctor or clinic. Talk about being a real lifesaver!

Prescribed in the cloud

While moving to the cloud might seem like a daunting process, it’s a move more healthcare providers are making because of the countless benefits it provides. Factors like improved patient outcomes, increased efficiency and cost containments are greatly influencing this industry’s move to the cloud. This survey found that nearly 40% of healthcare providers today are making it a priority to move to the cloud, with an additional 23% qualifying it as important.

Because of the complexity of the healthcare system, there will always be a fair amount of apprehension about moving data—particularly sensitive patient data—to cloud applications. SD-WAN has become a popular network choice for healthcare providers, thanks to its ability to increase security, lower operating costs and be managed more easily. When it comes to choosing an SD-WAN solution, security ranks highest, with 42% listing it as a highly important part of the selection process.

Access the full infographic to learn more ways to apply healthcare cybersecurity in a post-pandemic world.

Find the right remedy for you

Healthcare has been forced to adapt quickly over the past year to keep up with the fight against cybercrime. Finding the right partner who can deliver the latest healthcare-enabling technologies on a secure, reliable foundation has become key for many providers.

Find out more about how Windstream Enterprise and Fortinet are protecting healthcare organizations with Secure SD-WAN  to help evade cyberthreats that come your way.

  1. Bitglass, Healthcare Breach Report 2021, 2021.

Key takeaway: Key takeaway: As cyberthreats in the healthcare industry continue to rise, providers are embracing change with secure SD-WAN to protect and support their organizations and patients.
Industry Sales Analyst - Healthcare

Melinda Cisneros

Melinda Cisneros is a healthcare industry subject matter expert with more than 10 years of experience working as a liaison between healthcare facilities and the information technology department at BJC Healthcare.