Cybersecurity in healthcare

Role this area should play in the mHealth space
Healthcare is often struggling with security challenges. Cybersecurity is the underlayer that supports remote delivery of health care services and consumer adoption of virtual health. Clinicians need greater flexibility and convenience in how they are able to connect with patients. Cloud capabilities on remote care, on how care teams communicate, collaborate, coordinate care, and on analytics generate insights that help improve patient outcomes and workflow effectiveness. Their availability on Microsoft Teams iOS or Android Mobile apps makes them even more relevant for mHealth.
Current challenges and limitations
Key concerns: 

  • High cost of digitization is a key barrier to cloud adoption in healthcare
  • Ransomware, one of the healthcare sector’s biggest cybersecurity threats seen in 2020 through hackers taking advantage of a weakened workforce and difficult circumstances of the pandemics (more than $160 million spent by health sector on ransomware recovery in the last four years)
  • Target of sensitive data by the hackers
  • Resourcing issues when it comes to implementing cybersecurity controls
  • Lack of enterprise forensics software and anomaly detection tools
  • Lack of trust
  • Inadequate security monitoring
  • Data backups on the network
  • Difficulty of clinical evaluation for cloud based solutions


What benefit could this bring to adopters of this innovation?
Secured connectivity to digital health services, improved and reliable way to deliver health care to patients. Cloud computing in healthcare has huge potential for hosting healthcare services for telehealth and virtual care, medication adherence, personal data privacy and standardization of medical records, and for decreased time in data processing.


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What is on the horizon?
The future of health is believed to be lots of devices, data and sharing. Radically interoperable data is needed to capture and share the data captured by the always-on sensors. Open and secure platforms will connect individual, population, environmental, and institutional data sets in real, and will aggregate, store, and drive insights powered by Cloud based analytical platforms from this data. This will empower the customer to engage more with the digital tools and will enable the development of prospective and predictive analysis adapted to the needs of the patients and citizens.