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Healthcare is moving to a more distributed model, connecting organisations with clinics, physician practices, labs, home health, and urgent care centres like never before. With this new distributed model, it is imperative that nurses, doctors, clinicians, and caregivers have seamless, secure access to patient data no matter where they are or what device they use. At the same time, the risk to electronic protected health information (ePHI) has never been greater.
With the many large-scale data breaches in the last few years, it is clear that healthcare is being targeted by cybercriminals. An August 2014 report by the FBI revealed that healthcare records are going for a premium of up to 10 times more than credit card information and a Ponemon study in 2013 found healthcare breaches cost more than in any other industry.
In order to address the new distributed healthcare model and the intensifying threat landscape, hospitals need to change the way they secure systems and networks. With the high risk of storing ePHI and the remote nature of evolving healthcare, the ability to secure a diverse and distributed network is essential. A coordinated approach to security is necessary to close the gaps between systems and better prevent the loss of ePHI.
Protect Sensitive Data, Applications, and Systems While Enabling Secure, Universal Access
In this highly regulated, highly competitive landscape, healthcare organisations constantly face the challenge of maintaining an omnipresent, consistent network across all their locations while also maintaining strong security measures necessary to protect ePHI. To further complicate matters, clinicians need secure, universal access to all of their resources, including clinical and support systems, even from their homes. So it is critical that healthcare organisations have strong security solutions as well as fast, reliable, and accessible networks.
Safely Allow Patients and Visitors Access to the Network
As contradictory as it sounds, healthcare organisations are looking for ways to increase the access patients and visitors have to research information and the Internet on a wide variety of devices. The most obvious security concern with this approach is ensuring that ePHI is kept separate and secured from patient and visitor Internet traffic. It is also critical that patient and visitor traffic does not interfere with critical organisational traffic. This combination of factors requires next-generation security, network segmentation, and wireless management technology, coupled with traffic shaping, to ensure that the ePHI network is secure and always accessible.
Fortinet Provides End-to-End Security for Next-Generation Distributed Healthcare
All the challenges mentioned above require disparate functionality. Fortinet’s broad range of integrated security and specialised product lines provide solutions for healthcare environments that are unmatched by any other security vendor.