With the increased use and importance of healthcare data, the job of a Healthcare Business Intelligence Analyst has become more important and multi-faceted than ever.
In the past, the job of a Healthcare Business Intelligence Analyst didn’t require so much that it does today. Now the role requires a vast knowledge in data protection, data analytics, an understanding of several programming and coding languages, and much more. The current landscape of data security and data management is a bit tumultuous with data analysts and data breaches in a constant race to outsmart each other. And technological and data companies in a constant race to come up with the latest and best data mining and technology and data interpretation software for data analytics, marketing, consumer services and purchasing predictions etc.
Increase in Data Theft
In the last decade, there has been an increase in the occurrence of data breaches and data theft all over the world. Large companies have had to deal with huge scandals involving their data being stolen or tampered with. At the same time, individuals have had t deal with the consequences of having their personal data being manhandled by companies they trusted with their sensitive data.
Some of the biggest data breaches has been with companies like Target, Equifax, Yahoo, Uber, JP Morgan. One would think that these organizations would be equipped to prevent these kinds of attacks and incidents but it turns out they can be quite lax with their data security. Many companies are trying to learn from their mistakes or from the mistakes of their competitors by applying better data security. Healthcare organizations pay more attention to their Healthcare Business Intelligence Analysts and data analysts so they are not caught off guard and have to deal with the repercussions of losing consumer data.
More Stringent Data Rules: GDPR
The government has in the last decade started to pay more attention to data laws and how they are being executed. Most of it is new and emerging territory and as such the industry is not properly regulated. This means companies can access consumer data and use this data for purposes not approved by the consumers and without any monitoring. In 2018, the GDPR law was passed causing companies and websites all over the world to scramble in a rush to meet the requirements. Some companies even to this day have had to stop their websites from operating in Europe because they couldn’t meet the data law requirements. The GDPR law is meant to give the consumer more control of how their data is accessed and used. It helps a bit but the companies still have most of the power and many consumers are not savvy enough to understand how to use the data.
Cloud Storage and Security
Cloud data storage has become more popular in the last decade as more and more individuals and companies are switching to cloud data storage. The initial concern with cloud data storage was the safety and security of it. This caused early adopters to be hesitant but as time went on, more and more people got on board and started using cloud storage. Now, with services like Google Clouds, iCloud, and Amazone Cloud Services, there is hardly any company out there that isn’t taking advantage of cloud storage somehow. This does not mean that Cloud data storage is completely safe and free from breaches. Healthcare Business Intelligence Analysts should ensure that their data storage is constantly checked and reinforces to ensure the safety of their data.
Data Protection Software
Now people are being more concerned and watchful about how they protect their data. This means people are learning to use stronger passwords. Simple passwords can be easily broken. Companies now use multi-factor authentication in order to prevent password breaches and data theft. Some websites make sure users set strong enough passwords with a requirement such as a password must have Capital letters, numbers, symbols, no repeated numbers or letters etc. Despite the multi-factor authentication there still exists malicious programs and software that cause password breaches and password theft.
In addition to password theft, there are also malware threats that affect data storage houses. These threats vary and the software made to counter their effects and protect against them need to constantly be updated and improved so that they can function properly. There is always new malware that is constantly improved and made more sophisticated and so the data protection software has to be updated as well.
The Challenges of IOT (Internet of Things)
The internet of things technology is extremely convenient and has a plethora of applications. The convenience and events of the internet of things technology have led to an upward trend in the last decade. This increased use has not been met with an increase in the security of the technology leading to concerns. Devices like Google Home and Alexa offer great convenience but many experts warn at the possible downsides of using this technology without proper protection. They warn that the devices can be hacked and commands given that could be harmful to the users or could lead to the theft of the data.
As The Internet of things devices continues to be used without proper security, they will create areas of insecurity in areas that were previously secure. Say you have a very strong password for your home security system and then the security system is connected to your google home device that does not have as strong a protection or password. This means if your google home device is hacked, it will automatically give access to other connected areas such as your security systems.