Ever wonder what happens after a health IT company has a data breach or gets hacked? Digital forensics is a term used to describe the process. Programmers create a clear path from when the hack occurred, who was the hacker, and how they can best describe it to the court if needed. With the growing use of electronic records in the health care information technology field, a need in cyber security and investigations will grow as well. For a detailed article on this subject:
By Joseph Goedert
From Health Date Management
Health IT and Digital Forensics
When a health care organization has a data breach, or a pending malpractice, fraud case or disaster, there is a need for a software-supported process that can get answers about where data went and what happened to it.
Digital forensics-the use of scientific methodology to introduce computer data into actual or potential litigation-relies on “using the best computer techniques in a way that you could go to court and clearly and irrefutably explain what you did,” says Winston Krone, managing director at Kivu Consulting, which specializes in investigative, discovery and analysis services. “It’s also preserving evidence and making sure that the procedures you do don’t change the evidence.”
The science-and art-of digital forensics is increasingly coming into play in health care as the industry becomes digitized and requirements for analyzing data breaches and other information mishaps, and collecting data for legal purposes become more stringent and complex.
There are a number of legal, financial and technological considerations to take into account during forensics investigations, experts say.
But they also advise to not wait until a problem occurs to start analyzing forensics resources on the market. Health IT leaders first need to understand the methodology and limitations of forensics technology, and then figure out how to ballpark their exposure to data breaches and litigation, and analyze the costs involved in fulfilling their legal obligations.
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