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July 2017, Vol. 5, No. 4

Healthcare mobile devices raise data security challenges

The increased use of healthcare mobile devices has provided caregivers with access to patient data on the go and at the bedside. But with the ongoing security threats targeting the healthcare industry, hospital IT departments must take a new approach to mobile device management and security. Securing health data has always been a top priority for healthcare organizations. Before mobile devices and BYOD became popular, hospitals were better able to control what data was accessed, how and by whom. By using desktop management tools and restricting access to corporate devices, hospitals had more control over and confidence in the security of their data. However, mobility is quickly becoming popular for access to data on the go. Hospitals have been outfitting their facilities with upgraded wireless infrastructure to keep up with the demand for speed and connectivity. One challenging aspect of a wide mobility rollout and its adoption in healthcare is how to secure sensitive information on corporate- and employee-owned devices. This ...

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