As hospitals have gone digital they are now more vulnerable to cyberattacks. A ransomware incident earlier this fall forced many of the George Washington University Hospital’s operations offline. Today’s columnist, Vishal Salvi of Infosys, offers six tips for hospitals to stay secure while moving forward on digital transformation goals. (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Digital transformation in the health care sector has been underway for a few years now and the COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated the rate of adoption. For instance, we’ve seen a massive uptick in telemedicine. The entry of several digital native players in the health care ecosystem has resulted in greater digitalization of the engagement value streams and business processes. Now, there’s greater adoption of cloud-based systems and digital tools in health care, facilitating an ecosystem approach to delivering health care services.

Along with the massive benefits of going digital, the health care industry has also become increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has reported a 50 percent year-over-year increase in breaches at hospitals and health care provider networks.

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