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September 2016

To defend endpoint security in healthcare, technology teams with training

Sponsored by SearchHealthIT.com

At many hospitals and physician practices, endpoint devices -- such as desktop computers, laptops and smartphones -- can become areas for cybercriminals to exploit. However, a combination of high-tech defense and old-fashioned common sense offer potent protection against endpoint breaches.

This handbook starts off with an article that looks at the security aspects of patient data on mobile devices and how those devices can work with storage technology. It may be best, when possible, to steer clear of storing personal health information on smartphones and tablets. Instead, look to back-end storage options.

Next, readers can learn about HIPAA breaches and endpoint security in a Q&A with a hospital interim CIO. He recommends using multifactor authentication -- in other words, the practices of using at least two different credentials to verify a user's identity -- as a prime way to protect patient data from breaches that could violate HIPAA requirements.

The final article pinpoints the security advantages offered by a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), which can help medical facilities sidestep data breaches while physicians use mobile devices.

These high-tech efforts, combined with improved end-user education, can help clinicians and others in hospitals and physician practices avoid lurking digital dangers that threaten endpoints.

Table Of Contents

  • Hospital data protection must bond mobile endpoints with storage technology
  • Q&A: HIPAA breaches and the technology most likely to cause them
  • Healthcare VDI installations offer protection to endpoints