By GUS MALEZIS
We don’t often see two Republicans and two Democrats come together to offer solutions to problems. But even at this difficult time in America, I can see bipartisanship in a truly meaningful way. The intensely-challenging issue of digital identity is bringing members of Congress of both parties together.
Most American adults rely on an 84-year-old system of identification — the social security number. But that ID is limited in use, and does not serve us well in healthcare and especially as COVID-19 – beyond the healthcare and safety issues – makes us an ever more digital nation. We are indeed accelerating our national pivot to a digital nation as we, for example, log on to go to school or work, to buy food, to shop for clothing, or to pay bill and transfer money from a bank account. And, now more so than ever, healthcare is becoming digital, as we seek to navigate a digital world to visit the doctor, to fill a prescription, or to review medical test results. Digital identity presents a major obstacle to a safer and smoothly functioning digital healthcare experience.
As the Coronavirus disrupts our nation, and healthcare delivery turns increasingly digital, on-line fraudsters have not been interrupted; they have simply been given far more opportunity than they might have imagined.
By GUS MALEZIS
Healthcare is in the midst
of a digital transformation, creating information security, compliance, and
workflow challenges. The engagement of
an increasingly decentralized workforce along with anytime anyplace healthcare
and the proliferation of cloud-based applications, databases, and mobile
devices have now (or soon will have) eroded the once well-defined network
The healthcare industry remains one of the
most highly targeted for cyber-attacks – a recent report from Beazley Breach
Insights showed that, 41 percent of all breaches in
2018 occurred in the healthcare sector. This
means that, going forward, healthcare organizations must pay particular
attention to cybersecurity and do so
without restricting or compromising access to the systems and services
providers and patients are now using and may do in the future. A
successful cybersecurity plan requires these organizations to focus on
establishing and managing trusted digital identities for all users,
applications, and devices throughout the entire extended digital healthcare
enterprise – from the hospital, to the cloud, and beyond.
Why are modern hackers targeting
healthcare? Because they can, and they have the opportunity to do so! Hackers
also know the value of the data stored within provider systems. Today, medical
records fetch up to ten times more money on the dark web than the average