Healthcare digital identity

New research issues stark warning to U.S. Healthcare on digital transformation and data breach threats

U.S. healthcare providers are embracing digital transformation but a recent study highlights that all too often it is at the expense of data security.

The Thales Data Threat Report 2019, a report conducted by Thales in partnership with research and analysis company, IDC flags up a number of concerns for healthcare IT leaders.

With 70% of healthcare organisations surveyed having suffered a breach, and more than a third within the last year, the report emphasises the ongoing threat that healthcare faces from hackers.

In fact, the threat report, which also covers a number of other sectors including finance and manufacturing, places healthcare as the worst hit sector for cybercrime.


Healthcare digital transformation and the increasing threat of data breach

Of the healthcare organisations surveyed 100% said they are embracing digital transformation technology and yet less than 38% are encrypting data in their environments.

80% of healthcare organisations are placing sensitive data in the cloud but a lack of security is leaving that data at a high risk of breach.

Unlike a credit card which can be cancelled or bank account which can be closed, healthcare data is impossible to control once it has been hacked. This makes healthcare data viable for a variety of fraudulent activity and is why it is a top target for cybercriminals.

Digital transformation technologies are making it easier for healthcare organisations to share and access patient data across medical professionals and healthcare partners. However, rapid cloud adoption, coupled with low encryption rates are all too often leaving sensitive data at high risk of breach.


Strong two-factor authentication is essential

Federal regulations governing healthcare providers impose significant penalties for organisations that do not comply with data security practices, and yet 25% of respondents to the report failed an audit in the past 12 months.

Strong two-factor authentication is one of the high priority areas where healthcare providers can very quickly make significant security gains.

Through embedding public key infrastructure as part of IT architecture, healthcare organisations have a secure means of locking down cloud-based technologies and ensuring employees have the means to prove their identity securely and seamlessly.

At Intercede our healthcare provider customers have secured their digital transformation with strong two-factor authentication. Customers who are using MyID® to issue and manage secure digital identities across head office and field-based healthcare practitioners to securely authenticate into cloud-based systems.

Cryptographic protected digital identity is a must-have for healthcare providers and IT professionals need to lead on the adoption of this technology within their organisations – the opportunity cost is too high not to.

If you are interested to learn more about cryptographic digital identity for healthcare providers download our MyID for Healthcare information or contact us now to discuss your requirements further using the form below.

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