“Telehealth” refers to a wide range of technologies to connect patients to health care services through videoconferencing, remote monitoring, electronic consultations and wireless communications. Just like you would expect your virtual conversation with your doctor to be private and secure, you would also want to be sure that all your other health information that is transmitted over the internet or cellular networks is also protected.
In October 2018, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) launched a project focusing on the cybersecurity and privacy challenges surrounding monitoring the health of patients remotely via telehealth. When we started the project, telehealth was for the most part only available to patients in rural areas or in a health care setting, but has since exploded to become more accessible.
Who knew then that in 18 months even more patients — under stay-at-home orders and eager to avoid being exposed to the coronavirus — would choose telehealth over traditional doctor visits? In addition to being a safer option during a pandemic by allowing patient and clinician to maintain a safe distance from each other, telehealth allows the patient to remain in the comfort of their home during recovery or monitoring. It also can provide better access to health care for patients, ease access to patient data and allow the clinician to deliver higher-quality care to more patients.
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