Cyber security has been an increasingly difficult issue to manage in every industry, especially since the COVID pandemic. Due to some of the ways in which we’ve had to adapt to the “new normal”, there have been multiple new avenues opened up for cyber criminals to exploit.
Unfortunately the healthcare industry is every bit as vulnerable to cyber attacks as any other, if not more so. When it comes to cyber attacks and data breaches in healthcare, it’s more than just a matter of money and time lost. Data breaches actually increase a hospital’s 30-day mortality rate.
In order to combat the serious concerns over medical data breaches, the healthcare industry is beginning to implement the use of blockchain; a distributed ledger for recording transactions and tracking assets.
Some of the purposes for blockchain would be in the use of medical wearables. These wearables would be connected to a patient hub where the patient’s entire medical history can be accessed. This means that health professionals, including paramedics, would have real-time access to patient data, and patients would, in turn, receive precise and personalized care.
Blockchain may be the most successful solution to data breaches, and would come with many more benefits to the healthcare industry. Learn more about blockchain and health in the infographic below: