What if your doctor scheduled you for radiation treatments, on the assumption of a cancerous mass on a blurry x-ray? (Sadly, I’ve heard such stories). You’d wisely seek a second opinion, and probably switch doctors in a heartbeat. 

Intuitively, you know: getting an accurate diagnosis depends on good data; you don’t want guesswork to guide your critical treatments. You’ll even google and WebMD it ’til the cows come home to find what you can.     

It may not be surprising then to learn that an astounding 30% of the world’s data volume is currently produced by the healthcare industry. (Go ahead, you can Google it). Estimates are that by 2025, that number will reach 36%.  

All this to say, a digital transformation in healthcare is upon us; a massive, data-driven change to providing care. (That’s not to say that the human touch is unimportant, of course. That will always be a critical component for effective care). 

No doubt the pandemic has brought aspects of this into bold relief. As Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in 2020, “We’ve seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months.” Maintaining business continuity has been huge.

So what does this digital revolution look like, and what are the factors spurring this change? There are at least 3 to consider, and with each, a call to action: 

  1. Technical developments, especially cloud capabilities, are improving access to healthcare.  

Data-driven medical innovation is changing healthcare before our eyes; no wonder that 78% of healthcare organizations have now incorporated cloud computing into their operations.

These healthcare providers are realizing that to stay competitive, they must make use of patient-centered tools such as telehealth – which provides near-anywhere access to care – to improve patient satisfaction. Cloud technology helps make that a reality.  

In addition, consumers are now participants in generating their own healthcare data. According to Deloitte’s 2020 Survey of U.S. Health Care Consumers, 42% of U.S. consumers are using “direct-to-consumer” tools to measure health improvement goals and fitness. 

Call to Action: 

These technologies will increasingly require a secure, scalable cloud that allows for high flexibility and real-time data availability. As such, HIPAA Vault relies on Google’s compliant cloud and advanced computing capabilities to help redefine healthcare delivery. 

Also, as patient expectations for managing their own data grow, expect to see cloud-based AI apps with algorithms that correlate health data to become more ubiquitous, delivering healthful insights to your smartphone. 

  1. Recognize that innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) will only continue to grow. 

Artificial intelligence and virtual reality are adding to the revolution in healthcare practice, impacting everything from operating rooms to local clinics.

92% of healthcare executives now believe their future business value will depend upon the capabilities of their technology architecture, according to a recent Accenture report. 

Call to Action: 

These innovative and connected technologies – such as virtual surgery software – contribute to the need to process greater and greater amounts of health data for immediate, actionable insights.

HIPAA Vault provides you the cloud oversight and monitoring you need to realize digital transformation in your setting. With our proven managed security services, (including 24/7 dedicated live service – an insistence on the human touch), we’re aiding our customers to achieve digital transformation every day.   

  1. Connected tools and massive amounts of protected health information require improved cybersecurity.

As mentioned, massive data generation is already being propelled by a proliferation of connected medical devices, AI assistants, and the like. However, there are risks that must be accounted for when increasing the potential attack surface for malicious actors. 

Cloud security that also provides high visibility of resources in your environment enables granular policies and reduces the risk of a malicious attack on networks and data. Flexible, scalable cloud solutions help healthcare organizations meet these challenges while still achieving specific clinical and administrative goals, and even reducing budgetary concerns.  

Call to Action: 

A multi-layered approach to security helps repel attacks on your data. HIPAA Vault’s hosting expertise includes managing network traffic, compute resources, firewalls, scanning rules, and more to help prevent penetration of critical networks. Data loss protections in transmission and cloud storage (end-to-end security) depend on proven cyber expertise.  

A New Digital Frontier

Clearly, healthcare organizations must contend with this rapidly changing digital landscape. Ongoing digital transformation appears to be entwined with healthcare’s future. Advanced cloud solutions, including hosting and secure collaborative tools such as HIPAA Vault’s secure solutions for email, file-sharing, and faxing can help you meet this need. 

Talk to us about how we can be an extension of your team, and provide a secure infrastructure and 24/7 support services to assist you in your goal of delivering quality, safe healthcare.

HIPAA Vault is a leading provider of HIPAA compliant solutions, enabling healthcare providers, business organizations, and government agencies to secure their protected health information from data breaches, threats, and security vulnerabilities. Contact us at 760–290–3460 or www.hipaavault.com.

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