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Digital Governance in Healthcare
As the healthcare industry transitions to digital, governance is more important than ever. Airtight governance is fundamental to the development of e-health and digital healthcare tools.

Digital Governance in Healthcare

In the healthcare industry, there is a growing demand for digital frameworks that spell out accountability roles and organizations’ decision-making processes for e-health initiatives. It is crucial to establish who governs information available through websites, cybersecurity for e-health portals, data collected via mobile apps and so much more.

With the increasing adoption of digital tools for healthcare, we want to look at some of the keys dos and don'ts of e-health.

Digital Transformation in Healthcare

The pressure for an organized digital framework is derived from the growing concern of cybersecurity risks. Attacks occur frequently, and healthcare systems are a prime target. The worst-case scenario is that patient information is leaked online. This data is extraordinarily sensitive and can jeopardize the well-being of patients. Moreover, a weak stance on cybersecurity in healthcare will damage the public perception of healthcare services, making them hesitant to take advantage of the resources available to them. If patients don’t want to hand over their information, healthcare tools will not be as effective as possible.

Digital Governance Jurisdiction

To effectively implement digital governance, we need to look at the areas that it should cover. Below are the key aspects that fall under the realm of digital governance:

Design: Governance in design is important in order to make services as accessible as possible. The design has to be intuitive and accessible to those with disabilities.

Network and Infrastructure: This entails regulations on domains, security, hosting, server hardware, and software. This is perhaps the most crucial aspect of governance. Digital healthcare tools need to have high uptime and powerful cybersecurity.

Personal Information: Governance is key in this area, particularly as organizations must follow stringent government regulations. These tools often contain sensitive personal information, as well as health data, meaning that information security is paramount.

Benefits of Digital Governance in Healthcare

Strong governance in healthcare not only means that services are secure and accessible, but it also means that services can be unified. Unified services are made possible through collaboration among organizations, and if they follow the same governance standards, digital tools will be easy to implement across organizations. Here are some examples of how healthcare can benefit from strong governance:

Microservices: Healthcare providers will have a better system for tapping into a patient’s information and get first-hand data on their health without having to perform as many tests or examinations.

Data Sharing: Healthcare organizations can be connected to the same platforms where they can share data. Clinics, pharmaceutical companies, insurance providers, hospitals and research institutes can access secure information on clients through shared tools.

Patient Acceptance: Digital governance in healthcare provides sustainability by introducing common secure platforms and infrastructure where data can be shared. Patients readily accept the digital changes that come with such a framework thereby enhancing cooperation between healthcare providers and the customers. Once patients begin using the tools, they will have less fear of using them in new ways.

One thing is for certain, OPIN understands that digital trends extend into more and more industries every day. This is why we work with many healthcare organizations to provide them with digital advancements to stay ahead of the curve. On the backbone of ambitious platforms such as Drupal, we are able to keep the online presence of healthcare organizations strong.

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Chris is OPIN's resident marketing scientist. Obsessed with testing and tweaking, he is constantly uncovering new patterns. His obsession with testing helps the agency gain insights for internal marketing campaigns and client projects. His unconventional methods help our readers look at business and marketing concepts in new ways.