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Tools and techniques to improve mobile device security in health care
This article is part of the Health IT issue of July 2012
According to a new report by Manhattan Research, fully two-thirds of physicians in the U.S. will be using Apple iPads for professional purposes by 2013. A similar study in Europe showed that about 26% of physicians owned and used an iPad. Health care workers are using mobiles and tablet computers for various purposes such as looking up drug interactions, other medical reference material and, in some cases, electronic medical records of patients. That brings to the forefront the issue of security of transmission and storage (even if temporary) of personal health information on these mobile devices. Privacy mandates like the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) also heighten anxiety about storage and use of personal medical information. Health care workers have been clamoring for some time to bring their own mobiles and tablet computers into work, expecting to access work-related applications on them. Consequently, health care IT has been setting up bring your own device (BYOD) policies considering the ...
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Clinicians are clamoring to use their iPads, but they must be secured. This tip examines eight trends in mobile device security that help keep health care data safe and secure.
Mobile device usage policies are essential in health care organizations, where employees are using their own tablets and smartphones in the course of their workflow.
IT departments deploying mobile health care solutions must ensure that using mobile devices in health care settings doesn't violate federal laws or compromise security.