Organisational complexity #1 problem in health sphere

One might be forgiven for thinking that individuals, corporations and organisations engaged in the medical field would have at the forefront of their minds to ensure that patient records are secure from hacking yet readily accessible when needed.     Not so, one learns from a report on HealthData Management....."Some 83 percent of organizations believe they are most at risk for cyberattack because of organizational complexities, according to a new survey of organizations by the Ponemon Institute.“Employees are not following corporate security requirements because they are too difficult to be productive, plus policies hinder their ability to work in their preferred manner,” the study noted. “It is no surprise that shadow IT is on the rise because employees want easier ways to get their work done.”The study, which was sponsored by Citrix, finds that employees are increasingly putting data on their personal devices, meaning key organization information is accessible from any laptop, phone or tablet left sitting at a desk or coffee shop. And data assets are increasing, putting more information at risk, according to 87 percent of survey respondents.Survey results also found that security and IT professionals are increasingly concerned about their current operations:79 percent of respondents are worried about security breaches involving high-value information.The protection of apps and data is more critical than ever, with 74 percent of organization saying that a new IT security framework is needed to improve security posture and reduce risk.71 percent say there is risk from their inability to control employees’ devices and apps."Is it any wonder then, as HealthData Management also reports, that a goodly majority of Americans - which would equally apply to other countries in the Western world - are skeptical of health IT....."A new survey of more than 12,000 Americans has found that 57 percent of consumers are skeptical of the overall benefits of health IT such as electronic health records, mobile apps and patient portals, in light of recent high-profile data breaches and a perceived lack of privacy protections by providers."There is, in fact, really only one safe solution to all of this problem.    Taking control of one's health records with a PHR (Personal Health Record).    The advantages are manifold - as detailed here by none other than the Mayo Clinic:"Having a personal health record can be a lifesaver, literally. In an emergency you can quickly give emergency personnel vital information, such as a disease you're being treated for, previous surgeries or hospitalizations, medications you take, drug allergies, and how to contact your family doctor. A personal health record not only allows you to share information with your care providers but also empowers you to manage your health between visits."LifeBank ™ is the perfect means for having one's own PHR.    On a key-ring at all times all one's medical information such as

  • One's primary care doctor's name and phone number
  • Allergies, including drug allergies
  • One's medications, including dosages
  • Chronic health problems, such as high blood pressure
  • Major surgeries, with dates
  • Living will or advance directives
  • Family history
  • Immunization history
  • Results of screening tests
  • Cholesterol level and blood pressure
  • Exercise and dietary habits

is always readily available.   Better still, having one's own PHR on a data key such as LifeBank ™ means that it is away from the threat and gaze of hackers.