July 2016

Face to Face with Real Challenges of Big Data

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Big-DataWill healthcare industry hit the jackpot with the new show stopper in fray?

When appropriately and adequately utilised, big data analytics will drive growth and ensure cost reduction and better customer experience. However, we are yet to learn the rules of taming a large volume of data generated on a daily basis in the healthcare industry. With so many data security providers, end users may be lulled into a false sense of security; however, the truth is challenges due to big data are increasing with each day. During our discussions with the healthcare stakeholders, we realised the real challenges and risks confronting the healthcare industry and the real reasons behind such risks.

eHEALTH Magazine as the voice of the healthcare industry was particularly interested in understanding the real reasons behind the increased number of cyber attacks in the healthcare industry. There was a need to comprehend this shift of cyber security issues from the financial sector to the healthcare industry and whether we were barking up the wrong tree in this entire process. Post intensive discussions, we reached to the conclusion that in order to create a security blanket to avoid security breaches and data threats, we need to create a highly responsive system with simple tools to address such risks as much as possible. A clear incident responsive plan that can identify threats quickly will mitigate threats in a very responsible manner. Though 100 per cent security is not possible, the above structural changes will build a system that can be implemented across the industry.

More than structural and operational changes within an organisation, spreading the right awareness about IT discipline and protocols to be followed while accessing systems will also play a crucial in addressing cyber security related issues

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