Lead Healthcare Vertical from a Presale perspective in Cloud Engineering Studio, Brillio. Presales and Business Consultant with 9+ years of industry experience in delivering value for many digital projects and assessments. She is passionate about innovations, and closely follows upcoming technological advancements say – Digital Twin, Metaverse, Artificial Intelligence, AR/VR, Virtual Reality, and Automation predominantly in Healthcare Domain.
1st December, 2022
“According to statistics, between 2009 and 2020, there was a spike in healthcare data breaches. During these years, 3,705 breaches have been reported, with each of them resulting in massive financial penalties for healthcare providers.”
“The fines for HIPAA non-compliance range from $100 to $50,000 per violation with a maximum fine of $1.5 million per calendar year for an organization. The number of penalties illustrates the importance of investing resources into healthcare information security.”
Information security is one of the leading priorities in the healthcare industry today. Healthcare organizations are primary targets for attacks with the amount of sensitive data they protect. Stolen health records are highly lucrative and have a longer shelf-life than financial data, which is a major force driving the increase in healthcare breaches which calls for better security. With this, it becomes imperative that healthcare organizations have a comprehensive Identity Access Management (IAM). IAM has emerged as a great way to ensure that data security is not to put at risk during daily operations.
Why Security in Healthcare?
Healthcare providers face an uphill climb to ensure their identity and access management are effective across their environments. Here are the top access-related challenges that health systems encounter today:
Healthcare organizations today know the value of keeping personal health information secure to manage brand reputation and access risks. They also know the high cost that a data breach can have on their organization, both in terms of monetary costs and loss of brand reputation. To ensure patients and users can trust that their health information is secure, it is essential for a healthcare organization to have reliable identity governance programs to keep sensitive data safe.
Core capabilities of the right IAM for Healthcare organizations:
Additionally, mobile SDK can be embedded in mobile apps to provide an extra layer of privacy by requiring an additional authentication to view sensitive health and profile data, like prescription notifications.
Choosing the right IAM solution
Now that we understand how an IAM platform should work for integrated healthcare delivery, it is important for organizations to judiciously select the right IAM solution. First and foremost, IAM provides a level of built-in security through the app development pipeline, which makes it crucial for implementing DevSecOps in the organization. It is one of the building blocks for creating a layered approach to security across virtual machines, containers, and cloud environments. It is important to ensure that the selected IAM system can support solutions across multiple environments and workloads. Since there is a wide range of IAM solutions available, enterprises can narrow down their options by following below steps:
Once the security needs are identified, it is time to deploy the IAM solution. Organizations can then choose a standalone solution, a managed identity service, or a cloud subscription service, for example, Identity as a Service (IDaaS).