Is it a case of better late than never? The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced it would continue its concerted effort based on a U.S. federal government mandate to utilize more cloud services in its IT environment.
According to the HHS’s chief information officer, nearly 20 percent of the agency’s systems were moved to the cloud in 2016, marking a meteoric rise from 1 percent in 2015 but still lagging behind all other agencies in the federal government.
Why the delay? In a word, complexity: The HHS has a very broad mission, spanning from overseeing health care policies to responding to health scares including Ebola and researching medical cures. Amidst the complexity, the HHS claims it has approved several cloud service providers – including those from Microsoft, Amazon, and Salesforce.com – to consolidate its investments and systems to meet the agency’s IT portfolio needs more effectively.
The time has never been better for the HHS to move its IT operations to a more cybersecure model. Healthcare companies – in the public and private sectors – need to stay ahead of these five trends in healthcare IT:
- Patient information on the black market
- Medicare and private insurer scams
- Industry-wide skepticism and fear
- Migration to cloud computing services
Cloud computing and big data gives Americans access to their medical records like never before. Among other benefits, the cloud makes it possible for consumers to aggregate their data through application programming interfaces and have it hosted by a trusted third party that creates a comprehensive record of their health history.
Though a familiar task for many private-sector CIOs, HHS faces its own unique barriers to aggregating and storing piles of data in the cloud – not least federal privacy regulations aiming to protect consumers’ electronic health data.
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- Examines the state of healthcare cybersecurity, including the continued dearth of supply for seasoned cybersecurity professionals so desperately in demand.
- Identifies healthcare IT trends with the potential to help or harm the industry, including electronic medical records, embedded systems and Internet of Things, and outsourced application management services.
- Highlights four dangerous healthcare cybersecurity threats for which to account, including patient information on the black market, Medicare and private insurer scams, ambiguity around encryption enforcement, and insecure healthcare cloud services.
- Prescribes the course of treatment necessary to safeguard patient data, including a complete risk assessment before identifying the right people, technology and resources to protect, detect, and mitigate data breaches.
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