Due to the sensitivity of patient information, organisations in the health care sector must develop strict protocols dictating which employees can access facilities, data and systems.
Many hospitals, clinics and other similar entities are using ID badge printers to develop chip-enabled cards. These assets allow administrators to enforce identity and access management (IAM) rules.
Health care sector experiencing IAM challenges
Many health care companies across the world encounter issues when developing or enforcing IAM. PricewaterhouseCoopers analysed a company overseeing 10 hospitals and discovered that the organisation struggled to maintain control over how staff accessed resources.
As opposed to deploying one IAM solution across all facilities, the organisation used multiple systems. This made it difficult for the institution to keep a track of employee needs, movements and so forth. In addition, changes in leadership, worker off-boarding and other associated instances increased administration and security costs.
Establishing one database that details personnel information is the first step in managing access. Of course, health care organisations must develop strong security settings for such databases, ensuring these systems can resist cyberattacks.
Smart cards making a positive impact
The Smart Card Alliance (SCA) noted that combining smart cards and biometrics can positively impact IAM. For example, employee ID badges with embedded chips can store fingerprint data. So, whenever a worker needs to provide a fingerprint scan, the ID card can verify whether the biometric data is a match.
This means that, if a malcontent were to steal an employee's ID badge, he or she would not be able to access the facility in question if the information doesn't' add up. In addition, the smart card-biometrics combination supports digital signatures and encryption. This prevents parties from stealing biometric data when its transmitted to the IAM.
The health care sector may possess a number of risks, but that doesn't mean organisations have to fall victim to them. Proper IAM development and smart ID badges can help them establish strong defences.