With a goldmine of sensitive personal data onboard, the healthcare sector is a prime target for security breaches. In fact, data breaches in the healthcare industry have tripled since 2017, with over 15 million patient records being compromised in 2018.
Halfway through 2019, the numbers continued to climb, with more than 25 million patient records having been exposed thus far — one of the worst years on record for data breaches in healthcare.
As time passes and hackers get more insidious — and clever — the healthcare industry faces huge impacts with security breaches, with sometimes upwards of 200,000 records compromised at one time.
Given that cyberattacks are becoming a common element of the industry, businesses within the sector should adjust their approach to cybersecurity to minimize damage, manage business continuity, and recover quickly.
How Managed IT Services Can Increase Security and Productivity for Healthcare-based Businesses
Employing managed IT for healthcare can help hospital IT departments increase security while overcoming productivity killers like slow bandwidth, outdated equipment, and hard-to-access archives.
In the process of improving these basic operations, managed IT can offer enormous cost savings through customized solutions and innovative technology.
1. Bandwidth Management
Medical technologies are making a shift toward wireless, and that puts a more significant strain on a hospital’s IT capabilities. Add video-requiring bandwidth for medical imaging, and it slows even further, impacting productivity and adding to employee frustration.
A managed service provider can help manage latency issues by boosting your bandwidth or reconfiguring your system to optimize infrastructure.
2. Custom Infrastructure
Customizing infrastructure allows healthcare operations to meet the specific needs of their patient population. Through collaboration with clinical teams, a managed IT provider can pinpoint a hospital’s critical issues to provide creative and personalized solutions designed for your specific processes. They can help your technology work for you, not against you.
3. Reliable Backups
Permanent loss of patient data is a hospital’s worst nightmare.
Managed IT can provide secure and redundant backups to remove the possibility of a single point of failure all while restricting access to sensitive data for increased security.
4. Cloud Storage
Cloud storage allows hospital employees a secure way to access patient data from anywhere quickly, which improves productivity, and enhances the patient experience. With a managed cloud option, your IT provider can ensure that your data is backed up and protected with antivirus, anti-malware, and disaster recovery.
5. Enhanced Security
With regular security patches, updates, and performance checks, as well as access to the most cutting-edge equipment, managed IT provides the best option for a secure data environment.
For businesses that are required to be compliant with federal or state regulations, a managed service provider will ensure that network and infrastructure is set up correctly to stay within compliance parameters.
6. Dependable IT Troubleshooting and Maintenance
Most managed IT specialists provide remote system monitoring to catch potential problems before they arise. Hospital infrastructure will be evaluated on an on-going basis to provide incremental changes to enhance security and functionality.
Downtime is reduced, and pressure on in-house IT departments is relieved with dependable routine maintenance and troubleshooting.
7. Cost Savings
By reducing inefficiencies and streamlining infrastructure, managed IT can often help reduce costs and improve flexibility, functionality, and productivity.
DOCUmation Managed IT Solutions for Hospitals
For almost thirty years, DOCUmation has served customers by providing expert services and business productivity solutions.
For hospitals and healthcare-related businesses looking to increase efficiency, manage sensitive data, and reduce costs, DOCUmation is a full-service solution partner that can customize network infrastructure to meet the specific needs of this data-reliant industry.
DOCUmation’s managed IT services can improve productivity, reduce information security risks, and help hospitals gain greater efficiencies from an integrated, managed IT system.
For more information on the latest software and hardware solutions, connect with one of DOCUmation’s consultants today.