From a technology perspective, the evolution of COVID-19 has turned out to be a sort of proving ground for the concepts discussed in those January focus groups. Rather than being pushed to the back burner, efforts to achieve connected care through data optimization are ever more critical.
The levels of technological sophistication run the gamut in the healthcare industry, and in a pre-COVID-19 world, providers set their own pace. Today, we’re seeing a massive acceleration in technology adoption that’s brought about a significant change in the way healthcare is delivered. As caregivers on the front lines race to provide clinical care, health IT professionals rush behind the scenes to provide the digital tools necessary for secure healthcare provision in a changed environment.
Healthcare is already lagging behind other industries when it comes to cybersecurity strategy, therefore, shutdowns can result in a debilitating precipice, halting operations, preventing critical access to medical records for emergency treatment and can cause loMT devices to be severely compromised.
Most CIOs felt the regulations obligated them to share the data with the third parties, even while they recognized that their identity authentication strategy did not cover verifying the patient’s identity before passing information to the third party requesting the data purportedly on behalf of the patient. Instead, identity authentication by providers has focused on validating patients using their own patient portals.
In just a few short weeks, millions of Americans will watch the Times Square ball drop – signaling the end of a decade and the arrival of 2020. In addition to sharing the holiday cheer, we, healthcare technology professions and enthusiasts, always reflect about what lies ahead.