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Femtocells in healthcare: Look at HIPAA risks before you leap
This article is part of the Pulse issue of October 2013
The devices can dramatically improve cell phone reception in weak-signal zones in hospitals. But the security risks in healthcare settings are all too real.
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An indoor distributed antenna system can benefit a hospital's internal communications, but implementing a DAS network can be complex, CIOs explain.
It's not a meaningful use mandate, but radiology departments are preparing PACS integrations to move images to physician EHRs and patient portals.
Backfilling 3G smartphone traffic to your Wi-Fi in weak-signal zones with femtocells is enticing. It should be secured against HIPAA risks, though.
News in this issue
A public-private group has formed to stop the sale of stolen medical information. Its first task: Involve payers, providers, vendors and consumers.
The controversial practice of using EHR copy and paste functions to move text between patient records is drawing compliance-officer scrutiny.
Columns in this issue
Tasked with ensuring compliance with federal regulations and guiding big data projects, healthcare provider IT leaders will have their hands full in 2014.