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Why Identity security for healthcare is being prioritized like never before?

Covid-19 has brought profound changes in patient care in a short span of time. Post-pandemic there is massive pressure on healthcare organizations. Particularly, the rapid acceleration of digital transformation as the patient data shifts to the cloud via the expansion of telehealth services, increase of Electronic Health Records (EHRs), Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) identities, and reliance on temporary staff brought by the vast strain of recent events. 

What are the challenges?

  • Lack of comprehensive Identity Access, Governance, and Administration
  • Advances in the digitization of healthcare
  • Legacy systems that hinder modernization
  • Extensive use of contractors and temporary personnel
  • Strict regulations

IT and security teams expedite their alignment toward cybersecurity frameworks such as NIST and NIST with the goal of achieving a Zero Trust model. Identity plays a major role across these security frameworks as it ensures implicit trust for clinical staff access to diverse clinical systems and sensitive PHI data. The balance is all about implementing and enforcing security frameworks while bringing down the friction between security and clinical caregivers.

AI and Data Science

Contemplating the rapid operational change along with cloud transformation, it is indeed impossible to leverage manual processes for managing today’s clinical access requirements. By leveraging AI and data science healthcare organizations can acquire visibility and insights to automate access among complex identity populations, data, and applications. AI-based Identity security owns the smarts to view clusters of identities and commonalities to allow access based on peer roles.

At present, epic security teams are evaluating the ways of leveraging AI-based identity security to efficiently assess templates across wide sets of clinical roles. While identifying effective ways to reduce templates creating an intense EHR access program all the way reduces the chances of inappropriate access across the clinical staff. 

Right Identity Security program empowers healthcare organizations to perceive cost benefits and operational efficiency. The most valuable and significant benefit is that the clinical staff can concentrate on patient care rather than struggling to gain access to the core EHRs they require to do their job.

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