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July 2015, Volume 3 No 3

Threats grow common for mobile healthcare apps, data

To explain my feelings on mobile healthcare apps, let's look at my checkbook. I admit it: I don't do any banking on my smartphone. I say that, remembering full well the aggravation of wasting my lunch break at the local bank to deposit an occasional paper check or firing up my laptop at home to transfer funds between accounts. I could have used a mobile app instead, right? The roadblock for me is trust. I still don't feel comfortable handling banking duties on a mobile device; I don't want anyone grabbing my account information from a mobile transmission. So if mobile banking doesn't pass muster, it won't surprise you that using mobile healthcare apps for my medical matters seems light years away to me. This issue of Pulse bolsters my viewpoint. Today, mobile data envelops healthcare like a blanket, but not many of us are really sure what's going on under the sheets. As the industry marches toward big data, analytics and related technologies designed to illuminate and manipulate health information, behind the scenes CIOs concede...

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