In the healthcare industry, EBM Care does not mean only evidence-based medicine but also means all the various areas of healthcare and management that contribute to having quality healthcare. One of these areas is healthcare data security.

The History of EBM Care

To talk about the history of evidence-based medicine properly, we must first talk about the term “scientific medicine”. Scientific medicine was a term coined in 1991 by Gordon Guyatt. The term was later changed to Evidence-based medicine that we call it today. Gordon Guyatt along with his colleague defined evidence-based medicine as “the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients”. Since then evidence-based medicine has continued to change and revolutionize the healthcare industry and clinical practice all around.

EBM Care is used to choose treatment styles that are most effective, the most effective medication, medical procedures etc. It helps doctors provide the best care to patients and has strengthed the healthcare industry and made medicine more credible. EBM Care also involves reducing waste, systematic bias, and possible errors in the clinical process.

This clinical process could be anything from clinical trials, to attending to a patient in the emergency room, to a complex and delicate surgery procedure. Evidence-based medicine helps makes these processes better.

The Future of EBM Care

It starts with making the patient the priority. Doctors must learn to never deviate from the primary and main goal which is to help a patient. Sometimes it can be easy to get carried away when a medical procedure could be groundbreaking or when there are time constraints and they need to attend to a lot more patients.

In line with the original understanding of evidence-based medicine as the integration of the best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values, individualized application of evidence to patients, with less reliance on following guidelines, is emphasized. In addition, publishers and journal editors have the responsibility for ensuring that published materials can be used by healthcare professionals.

In the healthcare industry new research can be applied almost immediately if it’s approved, researchers must keep in mind the practicality and applicability of their work. This research work should also increase the value of care and reduce waste- waste of time, waste of resources, waste of manpower in care delivery. Also, funding should be directed to the right kinds of research. How this is determined is also an evidence-based process in a way.

The approval process should have input from professionals in different fields who have a good knowledge of what is more feasible. That being said, resources should also be made available for explorative research and research that tackles. For example, in pediatric medicine, brilliant and significant developments have taken place in recent years to strengthen pediatric clinical research.

EBM Care: Data Security

Data breaches are a clear and current threat in the healthcare industry as with any other industry that relies on big data. In addition to data breaches, another threat to data is data exposure. Data exposure is essentially a type of data breach but some might see it less severe but the repercussions could be just as deadly. Data exposure has to do with data not being stored properly or defended properly thereby making it exposed, open, and defenseless to theft.

Data exposure often occurs when cloud users misconfigure a database or other storage mechanism so it requires minimal or no authentication to access. Data exposure can also be a problem in our personal lives and personal use of data. Say you create a google document. If you do not fully understand how to make it private or give permission, you might find out months later that your document has been left exposed. 

Of course, is usually more serious and bring on more problems in larger companies with more important information Security breaches can lead to the loss of personal information that could result in identity theft, loss of money and other severe consequences.

For example, the social media site Twitter disclosed at the beginning of May that it had been unintentionally storing some user passwords unprotected in plaintext in an internal log. The company hurriedly fixed the problem as soon as it found it, but wouldn’t say how long the passwords were hanging out there and how many people copied the data.

After the revelation of a data exposure, organizations often offer the classic reassurance that there is no evidence that the data was accessed improperly but we all know that’s corporate jargon. One can only hope that their data was not accessed and take measures to prevent or reduce consequences, like changing passwords, canceling bank cards etc.