The Importance of Healthcare Data & Ensuring Its Confidentiality

Protecting healthcare data from unauthorized parties, while simultaneously making it accessible to authorized healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers, appears to be an unsolvable conundrum. Healthcare administrators constantly struggle with sharing paper-based patient records effectively. Paper-based patient records need to flow quickly to and from primary care physician offices, specialists, hospitals, clinics, and patients, yet it remains cumbersome and time-consuming to scan and email, fax, or mail such records.

Conversely, electronic health records (EHRs) solve the need for efficient information sharing, yet are only used by about half of the nation’s doctors [1]. Unfortunately, many healthcare administrators worry about the risks and costs associated with unauthorized individuals receiving or merely accessing EHRs. Faith in keeping (electronic) records confidential, especially across disparate, connected systems, fluctuates as healthcare administrators hear more about patient record breaches than they do about technologies that offer bona fide cloud security.

Used effectively, electronic health records help physicians provide higher-quality, more personalized care to patients—at a lower cost. [2] For example, EHRs provide emergency-room doctors with rapid access to information about patient allergies, prior surgeries, current and former medications, and similar health-related information while treating a patient when seconds are critical.

EHRs are not only delivered instantly to healthcare administrators on demand, but also allow them to navigate quickly through dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of pages. Paper-based records can take immeasurably longer to sift through, yielding delays in care and higher costs. Keeping paper-based records secure is also a nightmare. While an original document may be locked in a filing room, once copied, those records will change hands numerous times as administrative staff are involved with copying, scanning, faxing, placing records in envelopes, handing them off to couriers, delivered to one or several recipients, then read by one or more healthcare professionals, and, eventually, filed and stored.

As healthcare administrators recognize the value of EHRs, they’re also beginning to see how properly-implemented cloud security gives them complete control of their data, ensuring only those with specific authorization to a patient record are granted access. Internal and external record queries are examined and managed with levels of granularity not previously thought possible, while all pertinent, confidential data remains encrypted in transit, at rest, and in use. With OfxCloud, healthcare administrators can minimize the risks of EHRs, but enjoy all the benefits, including cost-reduction, patient appreciation, and better healthcare overall. Contact us today to learn more about OfxCloud – an in-cloud data warehouse solution that delivers accelerated time to market, mass query capability, and comprehensive security.

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