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Guide: Securing patient data while promoting BYOD in healthcare


Bring your own device policies are present across all areas of business, thanks to the proliferation of consumer mobile devices. Healthcare professionals want to simplify their jobs and reduce the number of devices with which they must interact. When done properly, BYOD lets them access certain data from their personal devices. There are security risks that have plagued the development of BYOD in healthcare, despite HIPAA's presence as the compliance standard for all transmission of patient data and its accession.

Hospitals have developed plans to monitor and protect their employees' use of mobile devices for transmitting and viewing protected data. The devices' physical security is as much a concern as protecting the data they contain, because some of the most dangerous data breaches have been the result of the theft of an employee's device. This guide offers tips on how to prevent that, as well as news and expert opinions surrounding the increasing adoption of BYOD and its effect on healthcare.


BYOD in healthcare

BYOD has been targeted as a hot topic for the future of healthcare, but that hasn’t always been so. This section covers past BYOD news, and details the various ways in which BYOD has recently affected health IT. BYOD security is a concern at most organizations, though some data indicates that their concern has yet to turn into action. Past news also reflects how a lax BYOD policy can contribute to a data breach, and how some mobile devices can be used to interact with EHR systems.


BYOD security to evolve in 2013

Clinicians' use of tablets is increasing, creating a need for better mobile security. Continue Reading


Lack of BYOD security spurring data breaches

Providers have been slow to secure mobile devices, but that hasn't stopped the BYOD trend. Continue Reading


Hospital policies should cover BYOD security

Mobile health experts say physicians often ignore BYOD security policies. Continue Reading


EHR iPad interoperability improving ease of use

How the iPad has unexpectedly changed patient care. Continue Reading


BYOD lessons from a data breach

A stolen laptop highlights the physical side of security. Continue Reading


EHR app for iPad utilizes mobility

An iPad app granting physicians remote access to patient records is attempting to supplement, not replace, the EHR interface. Continue Reading


BYOD best practices

Meeting HIPAA regulations presents a compliance hurdle for facilities to meet when they consider internal BYOD rules. Our staff offers recommendations from professionals who have implemented BYOD policies. The following tips can help any healthcare organization establish a plan for BYOD usage. Some BYOD best practices include encrypting patient data, installing antivirus software to prevent mobile malware, and, of course, physically protecting the mobile devices themselves.


Mobile device management can simplify BYOD

Supporting multiple operating systems has complicated BYOD, but mobile device management can help. Continue Reading


BYOD tips to consider

A hospital CIO offers some tips for creating a BYOD policy. Continue Reading


Supporting mobile devices in healthcare

How to work around the HIPAA compliance issues presented by BYOD. Continue Reading


Techniques to improve mobile security

Encryption and remote wipes are just two of many available BYOD security tactics. Continue Reading


Avoid HIPAA compliance violations amid the rise of BYOD

Why federal regulations are only a general guide for HIPAA compliance. Continue Reading


HIPAA compliance in a BYOD environment

Providers need input from their vendors, employees and patients to operate safely. Continue Reading

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Q&As, podcasts and more

Healthcare employees still have much to learn about BYOD. Our expert Q&As and podcasts discuss some of the questions you may be asking about how to operate safely and effectively in the new BYOD environment. When it comes to BYOD, some health IT pros are more concerned with securing their current technology than with upgrading to the most current gadgets. Finally, test your knowledge of BYOD with our HIPAA mobile security quiz.


Tablets among devices supporting clinical mobility

Mobile devices let physicians gain needed access to patient data outside the hospital setting. Continue Reading


How to create a secure BYOD environment

Data breaches and BYOD have created a need for better security. One hospital CIO explains his facility's policies. Continue Reading


HIPAA mobile security quiz

Take this quiz to test your knowledge of BYOD security. Continue Reading


Executives concerned with policy, not new technology

Patients may be intrigued by new devices and apps, but providers are most concerned with security. Continue Reading


Reader Q&A on BYOD policy

Providers must communicate the urgency of BYOD security to their employees. Continue Reading

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