Mobile Device Safety

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Thursday, 28 June 2012 18:35

Research shows that 81 percent of physicians are using smartphones or tablet devices.  With devices getting smaller in size and much more important in information, the chances to lose or have a device stolen grow larger every day. One important aspect of mobile devices being used in a hospital setting is encryption.  The ONC recently found that mobile phones and devices are severely under protected.  Most mobile devices do not even meet 40 percent of the security requirements, which includes encrypted information.  The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, also known as HIPPAA, has provided security guidance around remote use and encryption of data at rest.

There are several different software companies that work specifically with protecting applications and data on multiple devices and platforms.  One company, for example is Filewave.  Filewave helps in many ways such as, allowing you to take granular control of your software and manage all software deployments on MAC, Windows, Linux and iOS platforms.   Software companies, like Filewave, will help protect devices that are being used in all types of settings and environments.

There are also several other key aspects to fighting mobile device threats…

All devices that are used in healthcare settings and have private patient and company information are at risk for mobile device security threats.  Going through a company, such as Filewave to be sure to lock down the information and have complete control and access to all devices and all applications is an important aspect to not put both patients and the physician office at risk.

~ Ashley West