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Threats grow common for mobile healthcare apps, data
This article is part of the Pulse issue of July 2015, Volume 3 No 3
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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Despite the recent breaches making headlines, experts say that healthcare IT professionals should stay full steam ahead with the adoption of mobile.
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Mobile healthcare apps are convenient and prevalent, but they also potentially open up risky security pitfalls for hospitals and physician practices.
To corral the challenges of looming big data, healthcare organizations -- and physicians -- should bring data analysis tools into their repertoire.