Now that you have an understanding of how data security impacts healthcare, let’s take a look at some of the most important measures you should implement.
Use Two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication increases the protection of data by requiring two forms of authentication from users trying to access information. This can differ depending on your preferences but some popular options include a password and an SMS code, email confirmation, or biometrics.
Use data wiping feature
Data wiping is a good worst-case scenario option, particularly if an individual loses or misplaces their phone or computer. Data wiping can log users out of applications if they have been inactive for a certain period of time or enact an automatic deletion of data after a specified number of unsuccessful log-on attempts.
Use SSL Technology
Secure sockets layer (SSL) technology increases data security by encrypting information whilst it is being transmitted from an app to a server. This means that even if a hacker gains access to the data, they will be unable to read it.
Secure IoT and mobile devices
If you can access any health data from a mobile device, it is essential that it is secure. This means the device should be password-protected, have two-factor authentication and all stored data needs to be encrypted.
Regular app testing and updates
In order to ensure the security measures in place are successful, you should be consistently running app tests. Data analysis will reveal any areas within your apps that are vulnerable or require further security, in addition to alerting you to available updates.
Data usage control
In addition to having strict data access measures, you should also control and monitor all usage. This will prohibit any unauthorized sharing, storing, or copying data. Data usage control will also alert you to potentially harmful access, allowing you to identify and eliminate cyber-attacks in their early stages.
Staff and personnel training
Staff and personnel training is one of the most important elements of managing data security. You should be running regular training programs to ensure your staff members are up-to-date with current security regulations and equipped with the relevant knowledge. Having prepared and responsible staff is also a fantastic marketing strategy for healthcare businesses as it demonstrates to patients that their data is in safe hands.