Healthcare was one of the hardest hit industries during the coronavirus pandemic and is now struggling under the burden of a weak economy. Escalating expenses, declining revenues, and staffing issues continue to plague providers, making it difficult to create environments that deliver high quality care and better health outcomes.
The healthcare industry is understandably fixated on putting strong cybersecurity policies into place. After all, over 100 data breaches were recorded between January and the end of April this year, putting patient data and patient lives at risk. Most recently, the second largest hospital chain, CommonSpirit Health was recently hit with an unprecedented attack that caused widespread system outages that endangered patient lives.
In April 2020 alone, there were an astonishing 37 data breaches affecting 500 or more records each, falling close to the 2019 average of 41.9 data breaches each month.
Cost reduction and cost control play an essential role in providing patients with world-leading treatments and critical care. Behind every sufferer, stands a dedicated team of nurses and doctors waiting to lend a helping hand.
Health care providers need expertise in more than just medicine to operate in their work environment. They work with patients, advanced technology, document processes, and strict legal mandates to safeguard all of the sensitive data they handle – and they do so in a fast-paced, demanding, and stressful environment. As such, many healthcare organizations choose to bring on board managed services to help maintain compliance and reduce employee stress.
Managed IT solutions outsource some or all of the IT infrastructure to a third-party specialist. Taking over responsibility for this infrastructure shifts the burden of compliance onto the service provider, ensuring that all aspects of the company’s digital infrastructure remain compliant.
The healthcare profession is subject to stringent controls and many regulations that apply to every part of a patient’s care. The information processing procedures, medical devices, and ICT systems all have additional manufacturing and regulatory constraints that ensure human safety.