We are entering an era where technology and convenience (and COVID) are driving patients to favour online consultations. Practitioners have therefore, had to adapt and innovate to meet this growing demand. However, what they may have overlooked in the process is the ethical and legal aspects of protecting patient data.

In the digital health world, data is the lifeblood of any business today. As its volume increases and the threat landscape evolves, taking care of health data is critical. Many practitioners today¬†still lack a systematic approach to data security management, which prevents them from ensuring the security of their patient’s health information. The main reason for this is that practitioners are still using multiple digital solutions to store, manage and engage in treatment processes, which may not meet regulations as set by the government and health authorities. This presents a level of vulnerability for security breaches. As with every industry, healthcare increasingly relies on information technology (IT) and digital connectivity to work effectively and innovatively. This dependence introduces other security dangers and potential interference.

Our Co-Founder, Robbie Clark talked to FX Medicine about the top data security risks and ways practitioners can address them, including considerations for data security management and practices, advanced security tools, and safeguard measures for online consulting (telehealth).