The following is a guest post by Ashley Perry Rodrigue, Healthcare Ambassador for Lenovo.
The number one priority for physicians will always be patient care. With modern technology and legislation that requires digital records the definition of patient care has expanded beyond the traditional medical meaning and now also must include the protection of patient privacy.
Physician use of mobile devices is quickly evolving from a trend to a necessity: in 2012, 44 percent of doctors reported using tablets in the workplace daily. Mobile devices like tablets allow caregivers access to their applications whether they are in a patient room, their office or at home – and if optimized for input, can result in a positive user and patient experience.
However, tablets present a different set of security concerns than PCs, including easier opportunity for physical theft, data vulnerability, user access to uncontrolled apps, and more. Yet security is something that hospitals and health systems simply cannot sacrifice. If patient files are misplaced, misused or stolen, consequences can include job and reputation loss. The results of Ponemon Institute’s 2012 Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security found that almost every hospital surveyed suffered one data breach, and 45 percent suffered more than five over the past two years. Of those, breaches due to lost or stolen mobile devices such as tablets or phones accounted for 18 percent, up from 7 percent in 2011.
At the same time, the Department of Health & Human Services is expanding its information security provisions. In January 2013, HIPAA introduced the “final omnibus rule,” a new, tiered penalty structure [Read more…]