Updated on 4 August 2015
Mr Markus Nispel, vice president, Solutions Architecture and Innovation, Extreme Networks
Singapore: According to the global consulting firm Tower Watson, Singapore has one of the most successful healthcare systems in the world, in terms of both efficiency in financing and the results achieved in community health outcomes.
The success of Singapore's healthcare system can mostly be attributed to connected healthcare that has been implemented across the providers. Through the connected healthcare system, patients have the ability to enjoy technologies that provide healthcare remotely. Most importantly, connected healthcare also allows consolidating medical record of a single patient across different hospitals. When integrated, record would allow patient data to be consolidated quickly and accurately. Locally, Singapore's National Electronic Health Record (NEHR), launched in 2013, will lead to just one single health record for one patient. The tagging of the patient's prognosis, treatments and allergies at different medical centers will be at one single area virtually.
The rise of patient's involvement and engagement in their own health, as well as the increased use of electronic health record urge healthcare organizations to reinforce and modernize their IT infrastructures. As healthcare organizations adopt new technologies to enhance the quality and efficiency of the care they deliver, they must also reassess information security policies.
Here are the key steps to follow to ensure the healthcare organizations' network remain secure despite the growing number of applications and mobile devices connected to the network.
Understanding the risk
The use of mobile devices through connected healthcare system brings security challenges along with the necessity to enable seamless access for both doctors and patients. The wireless LAN in hospitals is getting saturated with data and devices as clinicians use laptops and tablets to view and enter patient data. Yet, unrestricted usage could jeopardize patient privacy as well as place an unprecedented burden on the network and IT resources.