Now is the Time for Integration Portals What are you doing to mitigate the risks that employees pose to data security? A recent survey found network users are the biggest threat to healthcare organization security, but shockingly 68% of organizations lack visibility into this problem. As we’ve said before, interoperability is the future of healthcare systems. Though complexities surrounding healthcare systems management and integration are numerous, the solution may be simpler than you think. The answer is found in integration portals that maximize the investment made by an organization into cloud-based software and create efficiency and accessibility with minimal lag time and maximum visibility. Read on to find out why an immediate and proactive approach to data visibility via integration portals is the vital next step for our industry. Leverage the Visibility that Integration Brings The 21st Century Cures Act, signed less than a year ago, contains provisions for improved integration. Connecting organizations with the data they collect through Electronic Health Records (EHR) is a significant objective of the Cures Act perhaps because integration offers so much in return. For example, insightful and interconnected data allows an organization invaluable visibility into user behavior. Full visibility into how users connect to the cloud can tell IT teams the potential strengths and weaknesses of their network. One great byproduct of this data footprint is that it can signal a need for an organization to launch employee awareness programs on data security and best practices. Still not convinced? This level of network visibility is an inherent value of integration portals. It simply has to be utilized. Healthcare organizations would be remiss in not leveraging this built-in feature to their advantage as cybersecurity becomes a mainstream concern. How Does Visibility Improve Cybersecurity – Exactly? Integration portals work by creating a single point of visibility into data, which in turn makes it easier for IT departments to track user pathways and identify breaches. This visibility allows organizations to follow best practices as they relate to segmentation, compliance and cyber security. Monitoring can be done continually and automatically through iPaaS systems like Interoptex. These automatic compliance initiatives, put in place through an integration portal, free up an organization to reallocate the resources of internal IT departments. Data Security is a Growing Problem The massive amounts of valuable patient information flooding into a network makes healthcare organizations a lucrative target for cyber criminals. The assurance of continual data streams ensures that endpoint security will remain a growing issue for organizations. That’s why it is vital to be proactive and mindful over endpoint security, rather than reactive after a debilitating breach occurs. IT departments, healthcare executives, and administrators alike should view integration portals as a resource for controlling and tracking this continual flood of data and the security needs surrounding it. Implementing interoperability now suggests a progressive approach to data management and better secures the future of your organization’s information lifeline. Proactive Protection for Your Organization Concerns over cybersecurity are at an all-time high after recent increases in high-profile cyber-attacks. Between November 2015 and August 2016 alone, HHS’s Office for Civil Rights “obtained more than $16 million in settlements from just five entities related to electronic patient data breaches.” Payers, providers and others who handle PHI need to take a much more proactive and comprehensive approach to protecting their information assets in 2017 and beyond. Next Steps The time has come for healthcare organizations to take the next step in leveraging unprecedented visibility over their healthcare data, integrations and end point security. The Interoptex iPaaS portal provides insight into your healthcare system integration data footprint through a clean, easy-to-understand user interface, so you can interpret your integration data without leveraging development resources.
Seth Hobgood is CTO at Interoptex.