Advantage IT Management Blog

Advantage IT Management has been serving the Mobile area since 2005, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Changes to Healthcare Technology Improving Care and Data Privacy

Changes to Healthcare Technology Improving Care and Data Privacy

For years you’ve heard how technology is becoming a bigger part of the healthcare delivery system and how it can help stabilize costs, provide increased access, and further personalize care delivery. As these innovations have been taking hold it has brought up serious questions about data privacy. Today, we’ll take a look at some of the changes IT has brought to healthcare and what it means for patient data privacy. 

Technological Improvements to Healthcare 

Over the past few years, technology has brought a number of nice changes to the healthcare industry. Not only has significant IT investment started to update a very antiquated health delivery system, it has brought a number of other changes, including:

  • Better (and faster) access to medication - A big part of the medication delivery process is what is called prior authorization. Essentially, patients can’t gain access to their medication without prescription and insurance approval. As digital systems have been deployed, the medication supply chain functions much faster, providing patients with prior authorization to get the meds that their doctor provides without having to wait days (and sometimes longer) for their insurers to act. 
  • Smarter medical devices - Smart systems such as EMRs provide doctors and patients faster access to health information than ever before. With use of mobile devices and secure cloud environments, healthcare providers are able to offer doctors and other healthcare workers information that may have not been available to them in the past. 
  • Better foresight - The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us all that the next big problem may be just around the corner. Healthcare organizations can now use enhanced databases and other online tools to get ahead of potential outbreaks of contagious diseases faster and with more accuracy. 

The Issue with Data Privacy

With all that is good about the use of enhanced information systems, there is one big elephant in the room that is keeping it from being all good news. The more IT is used to disseminate personal health information (PHI), the more it is at risk for cyberattack. This fact has been long considered a sticking point for health providers as a reason not to update their systems, and it is a very legitimate one. Cybercriminals are always on the hunt for an individual's personal information and nothing is as personal as healthcare information. 

To this end, the more healthcare organizations and insurers focus on IT implementation, the more they are going to have to invest in cybersecurity. Otherwise the whole integration is at risk. It would be a shame to have technology aimed at improving the whole health care process be a futile investment if they don’t work to improve the security of their information systems. Currently, there is a push in the U.S. to have the Food and Drug Administration establish clear and concise guidelines that organizations have to meet concerning the cybersecurity of these systems and any endpoints related to them. 

Additionally, many systems that use innovative technologies like blockchain and artificial intelligence are being developed with the hope that they, too, can help improve the security of PHI and further help these healthcare organizations meet their goals of providing better care and doing what they can to keep costs down. 

Have you noticed an increase in technology when you’ve visited the doctors? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and return here frequently as we discuss technology and how it fits into business and society. 

×
Stay Informed

When you subscribe to the blog, we will send you an e-mail when there are new updates on the site so you wouldn't miss them.

Tip of the Week: 5 Tips to Help You Keep Your Comp...
Finding the Right IT is Finding Its Purpose
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Guest
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Wednesday, June 29 2022

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Recent Comments

kanwal liaquat Most Noteworthy Data Breaches in 2019
24 August 2021
I agree with you data security is like a joke. Your data is never saved once you step on the interne...
RyanMcCawley Is it Wrong to Purchase Access to Your Own Data?
11 November 2020
As we know there are so many colleges and universities. From http://www.carwrapsanantonio.net/ stude...
WilliamMMartin What You Need to Know to Manage a Remote Workforce
29 April 2020
Managing a remote workforce is tough, but now a day it is the requirement and we all need to take ca...
Malcolm Quinn Gmail and the G Suite Get Overhauled with A.I.
13 April 2020
Some of the sites on the link can be overhauled and users can get different advantages. On the other...
Avye Goodwin ALERT: Change Your Twitter Password, Says Twitter
25 March 2020
When you create your Twitter account you have to make your password secure and healthy so that you c...