The convenience of digital technology offers a wide array of benefits and risks. Technology has opened many doors for senior living providers to advance care, reduce costs and improve their residents’ experience. However, when left unprotected, technology has also opened the door to new risks.
Senior living cybersecurity is of growing importance in the industry. There are outside attacks; breaches due to poorly formulated policy; and data loss due to equipment failure, negligence, or insider threats. These and a wide variety of other factors have contributed to a new landscape of concern. As a result, cybersecurity is at the heart of a senior living facility’s success. Unfortunately, senior housing is woefully unprepared to address these cybersecurity threats. A strong security apparatus will require each employee to play a role. No longer just a function IT, cybersecurity is an important component of each employee’s job. What role do you play?
Senior living is evolving into a highly technical and heavily regulated industry. As baby boomers retire, and the industry continues to grow, it has become apparent that a locked cabinet for patient files is not longer enough to protect Personal Health Information (PHI). Traditionally, it was believed that senior living was at lesser risk of a cybersecurity attack. However, recent years have shown that it is a primary target, and the senior living industry is not prepared to combat an attack. When a community faces a large security breach or challenge, not only is there a risk to reputation and patient trust, but also a risk of heavy government fines. Here are 4 security challenges facing senior living communities today:
Healthcare has evolved into a highly technical and heavily regulated industry. No longer is a locked cabinet for patient files enough to protect Personal Health Information (PHI). While healthcare has traditionally been seen to have a lesser risk of attack, in recent years, it has proven to be a primary target. When an organization faces a large security breach or challenge, not only is there a risk to reputation and patient trust, but also risk of heavy government fines. Here are 4 security challenges facing healthcare organizations today:
Electronic health record (EHR) systems are dramatically reshaping the collection and standardization of patient medical information. Thanks to digital recordkeeping it is easier than ever before to collect, store and share patient information amongst providers and practices.
In 1996, Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to help protect the use of patient information in electronic health record systems. Those same safeguards apply to data in the rapidly-evolving realm of telehealth. Read More
In an ideal technology environment, you wouldn’t even notice that security is working. Employees and residents would be able to access the applications and data they need, and complete whatever online tasks they like. But as with any system, technology isn’t perfect, and some gaps can come up that turn a once-secure setup into a potential threat. Read More
Putting robust technology into place in a senior community is crucial for numerous reasons, including better health monitoring, higher resident retention rates, and lower employee turnover. But if the technology and data isn’t secure, then all those benefits could disappear in one cyber attack. Read More
In virtually any organization cyber-security begins on the front lines, with the people who actually have their fingers on the keyboard or their hands wrapped around the mobile device. This is no less true in senior housing, where any number of individuals across the organization may have access to data or systems that need to be safeguarded.