All healthcare service providers must provide and assure patients, doctors and the authorities of high-level data security and must use systems and processes that protect against any potential breaches or invalid access.
But are you sure you do?
Who is at Risk?
EVERYONE; because some functions that we use today if not all are online - payments, CRM, report delivery, and many more..
Especially, diagnostic labs using separate software to manage different business functions (For example, finance, operations, patient CRM, etc.) are often at a higher risk of facing data leakages.
This is because data transfer from one system to another is usually through a broken loop in a distributed system usage that is more likely to face security threats than that moving across the same system.
The distributed system also makes it difficult for the laboratory administration to track end-to-end data flow from each of these tools and monitor it on-demand to solve issues; putting any sensitive inflow or outflow of information at risk.
How to Prevent Data Security Issues?
Opt for an all in one LIMS solution for your lab, that helps you manage data for separate business functions like finance, operations, patient CRM, registration, etc. on one single & secure platform.
Managing and sharing data across a single platform helps easy flow, tracking, and monitoring of your data without the fear of hacks or security threats. By having login access control and activity logs of every staff, doctor and user, you can easily monitor & limit data flow to the respective healthcare personnel. This can also prevent unnecessary access to sensitive data at distribution within the healthcare network.
Although, diagnostic lab administration & management must ensure that the platform for data storage, access, and retrieval assures high-level data protection and safety.
Must-follow Security Checklist
Keep your healthcare data safety with a security checklist such as -
- Ensure your are accessing any website using
- Use strong passwords (with at-least 8 characters - symbols, lowercase letters, uppercase letters, numbers)
- Don’t share passwords and consider changing passwords every 60-90 days
- Ask your service provider to share security certifications
- Use 2-factor authentication at login
Trust a Secure System
Look for industry accreditations of compliance like the HIPAA compliancy which ensures that the software meets global security standards. This will also ensure security standards of the software are updated regularly.
Opt for a Lab Information Software that provides a written confirmation about data confidentiality and renewal/ updation of data security policies. Quality control and compliance is critical for any healthcare setting using information management systems.
Ensuring data safety, security and confidentiality, has tremendous long term benefits and giving a competitive advantage for your Lab, such as offering -
- A Better Brand Value
- Trust to Patients, Healthcare Providers, Authorities and Investors
- Service according to Global Standards