Healthcare Starts With Security

In healthcare, devices and data are exploding, thanks to the “Internet of Healthcare Things” – the network of physical objects embedded with electronics, software, sensors and connectivity that allow it to exchange data with other connected data in order to provide greater value and service.

Indeed, Gartner has projected that the current 4.9 billion connected “things” in 2015 will expand to 25 billion by 2020. Now, for example, personalised sensors can record health parameters, minimizing the need for direct patient-physician interaction by providing continuous data throughout activities of daily living.

However, the transformative potential of the IoT won’t be realised for healthcare unless data integrity and security are built into the foundations of the IoT movement.

Constructing the necessary infrastructure to properly manage and optimise the proliferation of connected devices in healthcare starts with security in order to meet compliance and privacy regulations. A strong security strategy includes authentication and encryption technologies to verify patient and provider identities and secure the data at source and through transportation.

Device Authority is working with healthcare providers and device manufacturers to put these security building blocks in place to create a closed-loop system in which patients and providers can securely interact in a more engaging, meaningful way. Find out more in our healthcare case study.