When it comes to healthcare, accuracy and attention to detail are not only important, they can mean the difference between life and death. Preventing misdiagnoses or mistreatment is taken very seriously.
Today, not only are patient lives on the line, but also, their information is increasingly online—on the hospital’s IT system, on private networks and even on the Internet. Mishandling of this data, or unauthorized use of it, can result in the wrong medical treatment, identity theft, data breaches and more. At the same time, more people need access to this information than ever before and from a variety of devices. The proper administration of healthcare data should be taken very seriously.
Just as clinicians use the “Five Rights of Medication Administration” to ensure proper patient care, the digitization of healthcare records and patient information means healthcare providers need to adopt best practices for ensuring proper security and privacy for patient data. To help organizations better understand their role in the administration of patient data Symantec has outlined specific best practices to ensure that patient information is kept secure regardless of where it is.