Telemedicine is becoming more and more popular


Telemedicine plays an important role in the health care system. Remote consultations are becoming more common when it is difficult to communicate with a doctor in person. The concept of remote care has many clear advantages, but it also requires hospitals and clinics to follow the necessary safety procedures and implement the solutions that provide them.

The potential risk of data breaches is that the applications and devices that process it in a health care facility work together to connect to a “remote patient” network. Therefore, hospitals and clinics need to implement solutions that reduce the risk of successful cyberattacks and comply with the rules of personal data protection.

The problem may be the patient’s line

Healthcare IT administrators do not have access to the configuration settings of the networks connected during the teleconference. – Patients often for the security of the performance , not to use video conferencing devices or applications using the personal message . They are often connected to inadequately protected home networks and, in an emergency, to public Wi-Fi networks, says Jolanta Malak, director of Fortinet in Poland.

Cybercriminals know that the medical department cannot control the security of third-party infrastructure. They also know that they can try to access valuable data through the medical network and users . Therefore, health care providers must first protect their infrastructure and thus reduce the risk of leakage of confidential information. First of all, it is necessary to introduce solutions that include mechanisms for verifying the identity of patients. There are cases when some people pretend to be someone else to get information about their health and then use them for blackmail or other dishonest purposes.

To minimize the risk of such information being disseminated, such solutions can be used, for example in the e-banking sector, by linking a patient’s account to a mobile phone number and e-mail address, followed by a two-step verification process during registration. During registration, the patient can ask an auxiliary question (this should not be about the facts known to others from his life), which must be answered at the time of entry.

Similar treatment allows health care providers to provide some control to those who seek counseling, says Jolanta Malak. – They do not affect the security of the patient’s network and remote devices. However, they can, of course, provide