Framework for Enhancing e-Health Security: Case of South African Healthcare
Many of the major forces of change impacting healthcare today have technological underpinnings, and many of the less desirable impacts may have technological solutions. Two related technological forces are transacting business, online (e-business) and delivering healthcare online (e-Health).” The movement to improve the quality of healthcare does not lack established interventions, powerful ideas, and examples of success and breakthrough results. Uptakes of these advances, however, are limited, uneven, and slow. As a result, many patients receive less than basic care, thereby increasing the risk of negative outcomes for both patients and providers. A major challenge for global health systems is to spread these advances broadly and rapidly, adapting them for different care settings. Some Benefits of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in healthcare delivery are that advanced information technologies furnish healthcare providers with the opportunity to improve patient care by streamlining clinical processes and creating a seamless flow of information in addition to containing costs. Currently, healthcare providers use e-Health records to record a patient’s receipt of healthcare services. Unfortunately, security is still a major issue that need enhancement in order to deliver a best and secure services to all the patients.