5 ways Kubernetes is overcoming security and compliance concerns in healthcare industry

August 9, 2021

As the economies of the world are turning digital, every sector or every establishment is turning digital to a certain extent. Even in the healthcare sector, establishments of all sizes have adopted technology to facilitate patient to provider services, deliver faster services and reduce costs. This often leads to complicated technological processes and robust infrastructure.

The applications needed to process such a huge amount of data also require deployment in such complex establishments. That’s where in order to organize such huge data, containers are used.  Containers need to be managed and connected to networks and execute tasks such as scheduling, load balancing and storage of data. Hence, Kubernetes container based storage and orchestration system is used to centrally control and manage the data stored in the containers.

Kubernetes was released to the open source community in 2015 by Google. Since its inception it has become a benchmark for container management systems. Although widespread horizontal adoption, it is an observation that the healthcare sector is struggling to effectively implement this system due to limited resources and compliance concerns.

If healthcare can overcome these challenges of enabling security systems and limiting compliance and adopt Kubernetes, the industry will see more innovation and be able to build more robust sustainable and secure solutions quickly.  Below are 5 ways Kubernetes are trying to overcome security and compliance concerns in the healthcare industry:

  1. Being Agile: Kubernetes takes being agile to an altogether different level. It is flexible, rapid in terms of development of applications and deployment of workloads and fits in almost all categories of development operations. As industries now require minimal and faster changes, organisations also need agility in this case by deploying Kubernetes to function smoothly. Kubernetes makes it easier to foster faster development with a smaller and more focused approach. They provide an environment that eliminates operational difficulties. Kubernetes derives maximum utility from the containers and enables cloud based operations, functional at any platform.
  2. Consistent: Kubernetes simplifies the process of application development. Often deploying new applications or expanding the existing applications can be a cumbersome process and can be prone to error while deploying these applications. Kubernetes container management system makes it easy to segmentalize and deploy complex data, hence healthcare organisations use Kubernetes to mitigate these errors. Kubernetes arranges connectivity between hundreds of microservices allowing them to manage workloads in an effective manner.
  3. Cost- effectiveness: Deploying Kubernetes can be highly cost efficient for healthcare organisations. Kubernetes automatically simplifies and automates many operational obligations, therefore companies can appoint less personnels in this particular operational concern. This reduces the cost of system administration, coordination and managing the gaps. Kubernetes makes the operations so smooth that the company seldom requires a supervisor to monitor the compatibility of OS and its utilities.
    Containers used while deploying Kubernetes are light weight as compared to previously used technology. Hence they require minimum hardware support, this helps organisations to save up on hardware costs. Kubernetes are highly efficient in utilizing resources effectively. It can scale up container usage and spinning, when required and reduce it when the requirement is less. By using the exact amount of resources by meeting the real time demand, healthcare firms can pay on the basis the resource usage.
  4. Enabling Security: Due to coronavirus pandemic and other factors health care systems are often prone to breaches, hence security remains a top most priority for these companies. The need of the hour for healthcare organisations is to balance between innovation, security and compliance. Kubernetes makes it possible in achieving this goal by making it more inclusive than exclusive. Container systems used in deploying Kubernetes are more secure as they then minimize the risk of data breach, OS glitches and malware attacks. Kubernetes can automatically switch containers and itself minimizes any scope of error because of its self-managing and self-correcting mechanism.
  5. Ease of use: Another benefit of Kubernetes is that it is easy to use. The whole setup is portable and requires minimal infrastructure. Kubernetes can operate on cloud and on-premise setup as well. This reduces the burden on healthcare companies to bear the cost of setting up heavy infrastructure. Additionally, Kubernetes is self-regulatory, it can adjust its operations based on the requirement of the workload and can also effectively manage resources.

Thus, Kubernetes will help healthcare companies to set up more modernised software and technological models to scale up operations, maintain security and reduce the compliance burden.

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