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Taking a Proactive Approach to Data Security


The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented demand for healthcare services worldwide, putting tremendous pressure on healthcare systems and providers. In response, healthcare organisations have turned to technology solutions to help them deliver care more efficiently, effectively, and safely.

One key technology solution that has gained traction in recent years is telemedicine. Telemedicine allows healthcare providers to conduct consultations, diagnosis, and treatment remotely, using video conferencing, mobile apps, and other digital tools. With telemedicine, patients can receive care from the comfort of their own homes, reducing the risk of infection and improving access to care for those who are unable to travel or visit a physical clinic.

However, the rapid adoption of telemedicine has also raised concerns about privacy and security. With more patient data being shared online, there is a higher risk of data breaches and cyber attacks. To address these concerns, healthcare organisations need to take a proactive approach to cybersecurity and ensure that their telemedicine solutions are secure and compliant with data protection regulations.

Another technology solution that has proven valuable in the pandemic is the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT devices, such as wearable sensors and remote monitoring systems, can help healthcare providers remotely monitor patients’ health status, detect early warning signs of complications, and provide timely interventions when needed. This can help reduce hospital readmissions, improve patient outcomes, and free up healthcare resources for those who need it most.

However, as with telemedicine, IoT devices also present security and privacy risks. Healthcare organisations need to ensure that their IoT devices are secure and compliant with regulations, such as the Privacy Act of 1988.

Technology solutions like telemedicine and IoT have the potential to revolutionise the way healthcare is delivered, especially in times of crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. However, to realise their full potential, healthcare organisations need to take a proactive approach to cybersecurity and data protection. By doing so, they can ensure that their patients receive high-quality care that is safe, secure, and convenient.


Written by Shawn Wigham

16 Feb 2023