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Podcast: Creating a secure BYOD environment in hospitals

More personal devices and greater theft complicates hospitals' data policies. Expert John Halamka offers best practices for a secure BYOD environment.

Data breaches are happening with more frequency despite the best security practices hospitals try to establish. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston thought itself prepared, before the theft of a personal laptop from a physician's office led to a breach of personal health information and left the hospital exposed to an investigation and potential fines by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

In this podcast, John Halamka, M.D., chief information officer of Beth Israel, walks through the steps his hospital has taken in the wake of the data breach and discusses the increasing use of personal devices among medical staff in health care organizations. This, in turn, leads to a greater need for security and privacy protocols, developed through bring your own device policies, he said.

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This was last published in December 2012

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