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July 2012

Tools and techniques to improve mobile device security in health care

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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