Healthcare Security

Protect Patient Data and Enable Compliance with Intel Healthcare Security Technology

Security, privacy, and compliance concerns have historically gated or impeded the adoption of beneficial new technologies by healthcare. With disruptive ransomware attacks and breaches on the rise, data security is a leading priority for many healthcare organizations. With hardware-enhanced security solutions across thirteen key security capabilities, Intel is improving the usability, robustness, and TCO of security solutions across the entire healthcare IT spectrum.

Protect Your Patient Data with Intel® Technology

With Electronic Health Records (EHR), mobile apps, tablets and a growing list of devices generating data, how do you protect your organizations sensitive health data? With Intel’s industry leading end-to-end hardware and software security solutions.

Breaches and Ransomware. How Does Your Security Compare?

Healthcare Security Readiness Program:
Reduce breach risk while enabling the adoption of new technologies that improve patient care.

Healthcare Security: Ransomware and Breaches on the Rise
Ransomware is now a billion dollar a year crime and growing, causing severe disruption to Health and Life Sciences (HLS) organizations. Often seen by hackers as vulnerable targets due to lagging security, nearly 90 percent of healthcare organizations have experienced a security breach over the last two years.

The global average total cost of a data breach is now $3.62 million USD, with healthcare having the highest per capita cost across all industries at $380 USD per patient record.1 Ransomware infections such as the WannaCry attack in May 2017 severely disrupted HLS critical infrastructure worldwide as encrypted patient information became unavailable, compromising patient care, and forcing many HLS organizations to direct patients elsewhere.2 In 2016 ransomware payments were expected to exceed $1 billion USD, according to the FBI.3 Global ransomware damage costs are predicted to exceed $5 billion USD in 2017, up over 1,400% from $325 million USD in 20154, making cybercrime and ransomware increasingly lucrative and likely to continue to grow going forward.

Many breaches and ransomware attacks are untargeted, opportunistic, and tend to affect HLS organizations that are lagging in cybersecurity and relatively vulnerable. However, HLS organizations typically don’t know how their security compares with the industry and peers, and if they are lagging and relatively vulnerable.

Intel Healthcare Security Readiness Program: Benchmarking Security and Enabling Proactive Remediation of Gaps
With over 168 HLS organizations across nine countries participating in the Intel Healthcare Security Readiness Program, healthcare organizations can benchmark their security against the healthcare industry and peer organizations of a similar locale, focus, and size.

This confidential healthcare security benchmark includes maturity, readiness and priorities across eight key types of breaches including ransomware, and security capabilities across 42 key safeguards.

Through this engagement HLS organizations can see how their security compares, whether their organization is lagging, on par, or leading peers and the industry, whether they may be over or under prioritizing, and if they have a gap in a specific security capability whether this is common or if they are lagging in implementing that capability.

This engagement takes the form of a one-hour workshop conducted by Intel or one of our partner organizations, and is confidential, and complimentary (no cost to the HLS organization). This information can help both HLS healthcare security teams prioritize future security initiatives, as well as help them rally support from their stakeholders to allocate resources to address gaps.

HLS organizations worldwide that work with sensitive patient information are eligible to participate in this program including providers, payers, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, revenue cycle, and business associates or data processors.

Learn About Opportunities to Participate in the Intel Healthcare Security Readiness Program
Whether you are an HLS organization and would like to learn more about this program and opportunities to engage in a security readiness workshop, or if you are helping HLS organizations with security and may be interested in working with Intel as a partner in this program, visit the Intel Healthcare Security Readiness Program to see the Program Overview, a sample Security Readiness Report, Industry Level Results, and contact information for how to engage.

Security with Usability, Productivity, and Efficiency

Maintaining usability with security is paramount to enabling productivity and efficiency in health and life sciences organizations. Security that is unusable risks forcing healthcare workers to use workarounds that can lead to non-compliance and additional risk. Learn how Intel hardware enhanced security can improve the usability of security solutions, avoid the need for workarounds, improve compliance, and enable new levels of productivity in healthcare.

Curbing Healthcare Workarounds for Coworker Collaboration Report

With the ubiquity of personal electronic devices, and under time and cost reduction pressure, many well intentioned healthcare workers are frequently performing workarounds - alternatives to approved workflows that bypass their organizations’ privacy and security measures. Learn about how Intel hardware enhanced security enables security with improved performance and usability.

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Healthcare Security Solutions Discovering Ways to Mitigate Risks

Implementing a proactive, preventative approach to privacy and security is a practical strategy that healthcare organizations can use to manage risk. In this video, David Houlding, director of healthcare privacy and security at Intel, and Nancy Vuckovic, senior health researcher, health strategies and solutions at Intel, review how cumbersome security solutions often get in the way of healthcare workers and drive them to use technology in non-secure ways.

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Strong Security to Prevent, Detect, and Correct Breaches and Ransomware

With cyberattacks growing more sophisticated, employee workarounds that expose patient data, and the number of connected medical devices rising, healthcare security teams need new ways to stay ahead of breaches, ransomware, medical device infections, and vulnerabilities.

Strengthening Security with Cybraics AI Based Analytics

A large US healthcare system found that Cybraics nLighten*, an innovative behavioral analytics service running on Intel® technologies, quickly uncovered serious infections and vulnerabilities that the hospital’s existing security measures had failed to discover: both a ransomware attack, and advanced malware on critical medical devices.

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Touchless Multifactor Authentication (MFA) for Healthcare

Explore Intel's user experience research, which shows how touchless multifactor authentication (MFA) can help healthcare organizations mitigate security risks while improving clinician efficiency, convenience, and patient care.

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Healthcare Use Cases for Blockchain: 5 Key Factors for Success

As healthcare organizations identify and evolves use cases for blockchain this article reviews 5 key factors covering privacy, security, compliance, performance, throughput, scalability, and other key concerns and best practices.

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Healthcare Blockchain: What Goes On Chain Stays On Chain

Healthcare data stored on blockchains is immutable. This has related privacy, security, and compliance considerations. Key strategies are discussed for deciding which healthcare information goes on blockchains, which information remains off blockchains in healthcare enterprise systems, and how to manage privacy, security, and compliance considerations.

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Healthcare Blockchain: Does Your Chain Have any Weak Links?

The security of healthcare data stored on blockchains depends on the security of the blockchains, the nodes of the blockchain network, and the healthcare organizations that are connected to the blockchain network. Benchmarking the security of healthcare organizations connecting to blockchain networks enables proactive detection and remediation of weak links, ensuring adequacy of security throughput, and building trust.

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Will Your Healthcare Blockchain Be Available When You Need It?

As healthcare organizations grow to depend on blockchain technology, they must ensure timely and reliable access to blockchains, especially for blockchains that support critical services. Blockchains use decentralized ledger technology and have no single points of failure. This improves the availability of the overall blockchain network. However, there are several additional considerations that must be addressed to ensure blockchains are available to healthcare organizations.

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Blockchain Application Note #1: Data Sharing in Clinical Research

Data sharing is now a major theme in clinical research. However, effective, ethical sharing of clinical research data requires trust, and the integrity of the entire research enterprise must be trusted by all.

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Blockchain Application Note #2: Physician Credentialing

Blockchain technologies have the potential to ameliorate one of the great annoyances of modern medical practice: credentialing.

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Blockchain: Improving Collaboration, Transparency, Efficiency, and Resilience In Healthcare Networks

Today many networks are built of healthcare organizations each maintaining silos of information, resulting in redundant information and work, and impeding collaboration. Blockchains enable a new form of B2B network middleware where healthcare data is stored on a shared blockchain within decentralized ledgers, enabling new types of collaboration between healthcare organizations, and improving transparency, efficiency, and resilience.

Learn how Intel Health and Life Sciences envisions applying blockchain across health and life sciences organizations.

Reducing Fraud, Waste and Abuse for Public and Private Payers

There are several ways healthcare payers can take meaningful steps to improve the security of records to reduce the risk exposing patient data to fraud, while ensuring regulatory compliance and worker productivity.

Intel offers hardware enhanced security solutions across 13 capabilities for improved usability, robustness and TCO, across the IT spectrum.

Reduce Fraud, Waste, and Abuse for Public and Private Payers

Healthcare fraud losses amount to tens of billions of dollars each year, so now it is more important than ever that organizations tighten their security to reduce risk of breaches and proactively resolve issues before any harm can be done.

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WannaCry Ransomware Healthcare Disruption: Lessons Learned, Next Steps

The recent WannaCry Ransomware attack was not specifically targeted at healthcare, but the healthcare industry was a major casualty, and many hospitals and other health and life sciences facilities were impacted worldwide. In best cases the negative impacts of this ransomware infection were limited to causing delays, and in worst cases it caused shutdown of services and having to send patients elsewhere. The healthcare industry in general is a soft target for ransomware because it is often lagging other industries in security and relatively vulnerable, and it is also intolerant to disruption and therefore relatively high probability to pay ransoms.

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1Ponemon 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study – Global Overview
4Ransomware Damage Report by Cybersecurity Ventures