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Bill Ho, Biscom As you know, HIMSS 2013 just wrapped up. Among the main security challenge with healthcare BYOD (bring your own device) security lies in the dual-use nature of mobile devices. A stolen or lost physician’s laptop will probably already have security measures built in such as whole disk encryption and authentication requirements, but smart phones and tablets, especially personal devices, often eschew these added layers of protection in favor of ease of use, simplicity and quick access.
One of the biggest dangers of BYOD is the latest crop of Dropbox-style synchronization applications. By poking a hole in an institution’s security fabric to synchronize files to mobile devices, the physician is potentially creating a new channel through which confidential patient information could leak. It is important to know that many healthcare institutions have decided to shut off access to these synchronization tools until there’s a way to manage them as hospital applications with centralized control, granular permission and integration with established authentication services.
I'm happy to announce that we've received our FIPS 140-2 certification! This is an important certification that is required for federal agencies for applications that use encryption to protect sensitive information.
The number of mobile devices in the world is increasing as an incredible rate. It seems that smart phones and tablets are becoming so common that it's more odd to see someone without one. When you try to incorporate that device into your organization, use it to do your work, or just keep in touch with your colleagues, you're also adding to the headaches your IT team has to deal with.
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LegalTech New York is right around the corner and frankly, I’m counting down the days. I always enjoy the opportunity to connect with colleagues and clients and discuss the latest developments in legal IT and its users. I anticipate that mobile communications and trends such as BYOD will dominate discussions. This isn’t surprising in a time when hacking is common place and it only takes one small finger slip to expose confidential or government-regulated data.
Healthcare institutions involved in medical research, like Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) of Partners Healthcare communicate diverse files inside and outside of their walls-- many files and big ones. DFCI's 100 Mbytes email storage limit quickly clogged up their email servers.
An excellent article in Healthcare IT News (8/2012) on how fax remains the predominant form of communication for 63% of healthcare providers with experts saying fax will continue for decades. This article also begins to explain why.
The July 10th For The Record Web Exclusive: "Get the Most out of Your Secure File Transfer System" discussed the importance of easily securing Protected Health Information (PHI) across healthcare entities.
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