IT Security in the COVID-19 Era

Senior care facilities can be particularly vulnerable to security risks

January 19, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, managers in healthcare facilities continue their efforts to allocate valuable resources in order to protect patients and staff from the threat of the coronavirus. At the same time, however, managers need to address less visible threats — namely, cyberattacks on IT systems.

From EMR databases to desktop computers to medical equipment, senior care facilities rely heavily on technology for facility functionality and safety, according to I Advance Senior Care. But security vulnerabilities are always a concern when working with technology. Managers who can identify and solve these vulnerabilities early on can help protect resident privacy and safety and ensure continuous operations.

Senior care facilities can be particularly vulnerable to security risks. Peter Robert, co-founder and CEO at Expert Computer Solutions, says many facilities don’t have the funds or otherwise don’t invest enough money into cybersecurity, and some facilities lack the budget to monitor and update their systems.

He adds that sometimes facilities continue to use these devices because of lack of funds to update them. In other cases, patients and residents are most comfortable with the devices, so they remain in use. If facilities change out those devices, they will need to be prepared with a budget for new equipment and the time to train residents in how to use them.

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