Five Safety Measures Organizations Should Practice When Adopting Cloud
As Healthcare Global recently reported, 83% of healthcare organizations are using cloud-based applications today. As more organizations become comfortable with using cloud services, however, safety measures need to be taken.
According to Skyhigh Networks’ Cloud Adoption and Risk Report 2Q, companies place various types of sensitive information on the cloud. These include customer data, employee data, financial data, sales data and intellectual property.
To date, there have been 63 data exfiltration events and 29 malware incidents within the healthcare industry, according to the report. The use of high-risk file-sharing services, such as Yandex.Disk and 4Shared, are likely putting enterprise data at risk.
Here are five security measures healthcare organizations should take to keep their data secure.
1. Take a headcount.
Review your employees’ favorite apps for file sharing and collaboration and consider whether any meet the department’s security and other criteria. Upon determination, your organization can standardize these apps and educate employees about their availability.
2. Read the fine print.
Have an attorney scrutinize your cloud services contract and service level agreement (SLA). Determine where your data will be housed and how this location could affect your organization’s legal abilities. Be sure to include penalties in the case of failure.
3. Strengthen the network.
As more healthcare providers add cloud services, it is crucial that infrastructures support these additions. Without a reliable network, employees will soon figure out workarounds such as unsecured public Wifi.
4. Inventory PHI.
Protected health information (PHI) has to be safeguarded. Organizations must therefore consider who has access to data, both internally and at service providers, how it is stored and protected. Ensure that your cloud partners are HIPAA-certified, depending on usage or data stored or accessed.
5. Develop an incident-response plan.
Include contact information, guidelines and a review of insurance coverage for partners as well as employees. Additionally, stay up-to-date on current local and federal laws.
Skin Analytics wins NHSX award for AI skin cancer tool
An artificial intelligence-driven tool that identifies skin cancers has received an award from NHSX, the NHS England and Department of Health and Social Care's initiative to bring technology into the UK's national health system.
NHSX has granted the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award to DERM, an AI solution that can identify 11 types of skin lesion.
Developed by Skin Analytics, DERM analyses images of skin lesions using algorithms. Within primary care, Skin Analytics will be used as an additional tool to help doctors with their decision making.
In secondary care, it enables AI telehealth hubs to support dermatologists with triage, directing patients to the right next step. This will help speed up diagnosis, and patients with benign skin lesions can be identified earlier, redirecting them away from dermatology departments that are at full capacity due to the COVID-19 backlog.
Cancer Research has called the impact of the pandemic on cancer services "devastating", with a 42% drop in the number of people starting cancer treatment after screening.
DERM is already in use at University Hospitals Birmingham and Mid and South Essex Health & Care Partnership, where it has led to a significant reduction in unnecessary referrals to hospital.
Now NHSX have granted it the Phase 4 AI in Health and Care Award, making DERM available to clinicians across the country. Overall this award makes £140 million available over four years to accelerate the use of artificial intelligence technologies which meet the aims of the NHS Long Term Plan.
Dr Lucy Thomas, Consultant Dermatologist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, said: “Skin Analytics’ receipt of this award is great news for the NHS and dermatology departments. It will allow us to gather real-world data to demonstrate the benefits of AI on patient pathways and workforce challenges.
"Like many services, dermatology has severe backlogs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This award couldn't have come at a better time to aid recovery and give us more time with the patients most in need of our help.”