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lab technicianMary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends report hit the Internet a few weeks ago. The report is filled with great takeaways – the continuation of the cloud wars, the continuing decline of smartphone growth, and Google and Facebook’s domination of the digital ad market. But for the first time, Meeker’s report dedicates a large section – 31 pages to be exact – to what is described as a “digital inflection point” in healthcare.

Why now? The report attributes it to an increase in healthcare data generated by wearables and connected health trackers, the growth of lab tests, and the ease of genome sequencing. Include the increase of connectivity of medical devices and hospital’s use of EMRs/EHRs (Electronic Medical Records/Electronic Health Records), and it means we’re seeing an unprecedented amount of health data. Meeker cites IDC data showing that a typical 500-bed hospital now contains 50 petabytes of data.

The report concludes that this data will lead to more and faster clinical trials and an acceleration of the accumulation of medical knowledge. It’s something to get excited about.

But as a company that’s all about security, all that available data makes us a little nervous. If you’re in healthcare IT, maybe you’re feeling a bit nervous too. Why?

Healthcare IT News has already published the biggest healthcare breaches of 2017 (so far).
(Spoilers: There have already been 20 major breaches at the end of May.)

So big data. Big medical records. Big hacks. And a need to keep all that moving information secure.

Healthcare providers are looking for secure and efficient ways to move these large files, medical records, and other PHI.

Fax has long been the workhorse of file delivery in healthcare because of its inherent security. (Read more about why fax is so secure here.) It has evolved from desktop fax to a more sophisticated solution with workflow, automation, and cloud capabilities, like Biscom’s FAXCOM. Used in hospitals, labs, and medical providers across the country, FAXCOM is an essential part of achieving HIPAA compliance and is integrated with EMRs like Epic and Centricity.

Fax will continue to be a key component of document transfer in Mary Meeker’s data-driven healthcare solution, but it cannot stand-alone. Detailed images, color lab reports, and increasingly large file size will require additional tools to securely move those files.

Biscom Secure File Tranfer (SFT) is already at work in hospitals like Dana-Farber in their Research Computing department. Email quotas, security concerns, and external collaboration required finding a solution that could move large files securely. Now they move large files to external collaborators like the NIH and FDA, without clogging their email servers or compromising the security.

With the future full of new and growing medical data, securing the transmission of that data becomes a priority. With solutions like Biscom SFT your data deliveries are secured, so you can get excited about faster innovation cycles and a rapidly changing face of healthcare delivery. Given the adoption of technology gets faster with every innovation and Meeker sees digital health going the same way. So stay secure and enjoy this movement to a “virtuous cycle of innovation”.

Want to learn how healthcare providers secure their document deliveries with Biscom solutions and HIPAA compliant file sharing? Read more below.

Dana-Farber Solves Security and File Transfer Challenges and Improves Collaboration Across Research Groups Worldwide

Boston Children’s Hospital Boston Selects Biscom SFT or Secure Ad Hoc Large-File Transfers

Biscom’s Fax Server Solution Solves Mission-Cricital Business Problems for Shields Healthcare

Barnes Healthcare Services Communicates More Efficiently and Effectively after Deploying Biscom’s Hybrid Fax Platform