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Legacy tech, privacy and security issues bog down healthcare innovation

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The prevalence of legacy tech, alongside privacy and security concerns, top the list of barriers toward adopting innovative technology in the healthcare space, according to Katherine Yacko, senior director of technology innovation at CVS Health, speaking Wednesday at 1776 Presents: Revolutionary Conversations .

“Your doctor’s offices, they’re still using fax machines, they’re still faxing, for God’s sake,” said Yacko. The healthcare sector has struggled to adopt technologies such as APIs and digitizing processes, as legacy infrastructure and systems prevail.

Though systems such as voice-enabled assistants offer interesting capabilities, there are security concerns around using them to manage sensible healthcare data, said Yacko. “You’re talking about personal health information, which is I think one of the … highest-hacked areas of data these days,” Yacko said.

Dive Insight:

Under pressure after a year of change, the healthcare industry has to contend with cybersecurity and privacy challenges while bringing its technology up to speed.Funding for cybersecurity companies aimed at the healthcare sector took off in the final quarter of last year as the healthcare industry grappled with the effects of a rise in ransomware attacks, according to CB Insights . At least 26 healthcare providers were hit by […]

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