4 ways to ensure cybersecurity in hospitals
Being an industry so rich of valuable and sensitive data, it’s not a surprise that the healthcare sector is such a big target for IT hackers.
This week, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles has been operating without access to email or electronic health records (EHRs) after hackers took over its computer system. They’ve demanded $3.6 million in Bitcoin to return it.
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Viruses and malware that take over a server or computer and demand money to return it are called ransomware. This has become more prevalent in recent years, as hackers look to take advantage of more network devices, gadgets and servers.
Although the files include personal information and patients’ medical treatment history, the ultimate goal of this type of cyber attack isn’t necessarily isn’t to gain access to those files. Instead, it’s to ensure the hospital can’t get access to them either.
While it’s unlikely the medical center will pay millions of dollars to regain its system and database, the hospital will suffer without a backup of its patient files and may be forced to start all over from the beginning.
Below are four ways to keep you medical center secure and prevent a healthcare data breach:
Realize the risk
The first step toward realizing the risk always starts with cybersecurity education throughout the entire company.
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Have a plan
Having a detailed approach of how to avoid a data breach should be a top priority for a healthcare provider, but it should also have a disaster recovery plan in place just in case to minimize the damage.
Identify most important data
Everyone involved much know what the most sensitive data is if they want to prevent it from being stolen. This can be financial or personal information, as well as lab results and other medical-based data.
Properly protect sensitive data
Whether a document is digital or paper-based, the fastest and most efficient way to protect information is by marking it “confidential” or “internal only.” This provides employees with a visual reminder to treat it with care and be aware of hackers targeting it.
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We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”