As evidenced by recent changes within the healthcare system, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has changed the standard practice of medicine, shifting the model of care into the digital space and encouraging telehealth solutions whenever possible. Although this has allowed for greater flexibility and the ability for many medical practices to continue conducting business, the resulting rapid expansion of telehealth services carries its own set of risks concerning data privacy and online patient safety. The outbreak has led to a drastic increase in cybersecurity threats, with many rapidly emerging telemedicine solutions entering the market without adequate prior testing and safety records.
New workflows and technologies are being introduced to meet rapidly rising patients demands in a short period of time, requiring information technology professionals to develop rapid-response risk-analysis capabilities, Dan Costantino, Chief Information Security Officer at Penn Medicine told Healthcare IT News in an interview. Security and privacy concerns have surrounded digital medical services since their introduction, however, they are heightened now as more patients readily exchange privacy for the immediacy of care and when an increasing number of telemedical platforms are forced to enter the market as soon as possible.