One of the most essential items that implements safety on clinical processes is data security especially when speaking of accumulating medical services information (both paper and files). Crucial rearrangements apply to Electronic Medical Record System bringing a lot of new responsibilities to the management and medical staff. Creating appropriate order awareness is evem more than substantial.
- proper information management
- information security principles against unauthorized access
- risk identification and FMEA analyses methods
- implementing info security activities
Medical devices are developing in the new direction by using the proper software. Medical devices are equipped with appropriate automation, thanks to which they perform repetitive activities instead of medical personnel (such as measurement), then facilitate making of clinical decisions or adjusting the device to new needs (for example age of the person under treatment). The progress of medical devices is closely linked to the active development of the infrastructure of digital telecommunications. This makes it possible to provide remote medical services, called telemedicine. Currently, it’s not only possible to conduct a distance medical consultation, but it is also possible to configure some medical devices, for example type of implanted cardiostimulators, which program of action may be changed without the patient’s visit to the medical institution and even without his knowledge.
Information is one of the crucial assets of any modern medical institution. An organization that has valuable information- know how, can take control of a large part of the market and gain competitive advantage. Every company that perform processing of information is exposed at risk of losing, falsifying or making it available to unauthorized persons. For this reason, more companies are choosing to implement systems and procedures that prevent unwanted sharing of information outside the organization. ISO standards are systems designed to ensure maximum security of information and prevent irregularities in this area. Ensuring information security is possible when there occurs a security package in the company in the form of specific processes, procedures, policies, structures and also usage of available hardware and software.
Information security should be defined by three basic characteristics:
- Confidentiality – information isn’t available to unauthorized persons, entities or processes,
- Consistency – ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the data,
- Accessibility – easy access and usability for authorized users.
Implementing and maintaining information security in modern market realities may be necessary to maintain a competitive position, meet legal requirements, ensure cash flow and care for the proper image of the company. Analysis of information security will allow medical institutions for counteraction to the greatest threats emerging in its environment.