Majority of healthcare providers beef up security architecture to protect patients’ data, says GlobalData

Healthcare providers across the globe are ramping up their investments in security architecture to reduce the risk of cyber-attacks and protect their patients’ data, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

The recent Mirai attack targeting Internet of Things (IoT) devices along with cyber-attacks like WannaCry ransomware and NotPetya ransomworm give an indication about the changing cyber-attack scenario. Vendors are therefore looking to improve their security product proposition by adopting various organic or inorganic growth strategies.

Sai Deepthi, IT Security Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “The growing adoption of cloud and mobility solutions and other sensor devices has put increased pressure on the healthcare providers to enhance their security architecture.”

GlobalData’s survey of healthcare providers (189 respondents) revealed that a significant portion are investing in security sensors. The survey shows that 62% of respondents currently use security sensors, while 55% of respondents plan to invest in this domain in the coming two years.

The survey further revealed that 66% respondents have auto ID and mobility technologies while 56% are prioritizing this for investment over the next two years.

Deepthi continues: “Automated patient identification systems are a practical means to reduce risks, as well as provide remote instant access and management of patient medical history.”

Similarly, 57% of respondents currently use network sensors while 58% plan to invest in the next two years. Furthermore, 54%, 57%, and 53% of healthcare providers are willing to invest in telematics and RFID, real-time locations tracking and grid sensors.

Meanwhile, 51% of the respondents in the healthcare sector currently use supervisory control and data acquisition, and 46% of respondents plan to invest in the technology over the coming two years.