Technology has completely transformed healthcare
Emerging technologies and collaborative workflows add complexity to protecting unstructured data

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Emerging technologies and collaborative healthcare workflows add complexity to protecting unstructured data
Technology has transformed healthcare

The shift to digital technologies has had a seismic impact on healthcare. Telemedicine, artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled medical devices, and blockchain electronic health records are just a few examples of how technology has completely reshaped how we interact with health professionals, how data is shared collaboratively among providers, and how decisions are made about treatment plans and health outcomes.

More than 80% of healthcare data is unstructured. This includes medical images, written narratives (clinical notes, problem lists, discharge summaries, radiology reports, etc.).

Unlike structured data, unstructured file sizes are typically large: A single chest X-ray might be 15 megabytes, but a 3D mammogram can be 300 megabytes. And a digital pathology file might be as much as 3 gigabytes, roughly the same size as a full-length, high-def movie.
Unstructured data typically lacks organizational. Without clear labels, metadata, or defined data fields, it can be difficult to classify and even more challenging to identify sensitive data requiring protection.
Comprising a multitude of formats, including Word documents, PDFs, PowerPoint files, images, audio files, and multiple video formats, creating a consistent and effective security strategy can be a challenge.
With unstructured data being generated by a multitude of sources – including social media, emails, documents, images, and videos – the sheer volume and rate of growth requires the ability to easily manage across different storage types and regions, adding to the challenge of identifying and protecting sensitive information, along with maintaining regulatory compliance.
Lack of Organization
Data Volume
Inconsistent Formats
Unstructured data is frequently shared among different stakeholders – including medical professionals, insurers, patients, even artificial intelligence – creating yet more unstructured data – making it difficult to restrict access to sensitive information and prevent data leakage.
Unstructured data is often stored across several locations – from shared drives and mobile devices to cloud storage across multiple regions – making it difficult to keep track of and adequately secure.
Frequent Collaboration
No Centralized Storage
Unstructured data has enabled healthcare providers and researchers to gain deeper insights into patient health, improve drug discovery, optimize healthcare operations, and better monitor disease outbreaks.

  • Improved patient outcomes: Analysis of unstructured data – such as electronic health records (EHRs), medical imaging, and genomics data – provides healthcare with deeper insights into patient health and allows providers to develop personalized treatment plans and improve patient outcomes.
  • Enhanced drug discovery: By analyzing scientific literature and clinical trial data, researchers gain insights into the effectiveness of new drugs and identify potential drug interactions.
  • Improved healthcare operations: Automating processes and reducing manual workloads allows healthcare providers to improve operational efficiencies and speed up patient care.
  • Better disease surveillance: By analyzing unstructured data sources such as social media and news articles, healthcare providers can identify potential outbreaks and take proactive measures to mitigate their spread.
However, unlike data created and managed in databases, unstructured data doesn't have a specific format or organization, making it difficult to manage and store. File sizes can be huge, and frequent collaboration requires flexible storage and secure accessibility. And its sensitive nature requires that it be be protected and secured against unauthorized access and even cyberattacks.

Superna understands healthcare

Protecting unstructured healthcare data requires a comprehensive strategy that includes data classification, encryption, access control, employee training, and regular security audits.

For more than a decade, Superna has been at the forefront of protecting and managing unstructured data around the globe. From workflow automation to data classification and management, to data tiering and archiving, our tools, technology, and domain expertise help ensure that your unstructured data is protected, secure, and available when and where you need it.

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