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Mobile Device Security in Healthcare

By Pharma Tech Outlook | Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Most consumers today have smartphones or tablets that can carry out their necessary day-to-day tasks. However, special safety precautions need to be taken in the healthcare industry to ensure that data for the patient is protected according to the HIPAA mandate. The workers have access to the facilities at a very low cost, including handheld devices, cellular provider networks, and wireless internet access. However, it is essential that policies are in place to ensure that regulations are complied with.

The use of mobile devices is a balancing act for healthcare organizations. These tools must seamlessly integrate into the workflow of busy employees and doctors to make it easier for patients to take care of them where they are needed. Secondly, safety must be a top priority, particularly as hackers continue to focus on the healthcare sector and sensitive patient information.

For the devices, safety and security are very basic needs. Often the root cause of the security problems is weak passwords. For protection, strong passwords are crucial. After a short time has elapsed, devices should automatically lock. Users should be required periodically to re-authenticate. It is advisable for some companies to limit data transfers between devices and removable media, but it is not always easy for them to implement them. The use of separate containers for personal and corporate information is more comfortable, just as a practical solution. With virtualization, this can be done quickly. With a virtual machine running on a personal device, mobile device management systems have a safer environment.

Healthcare systems also avoid entirely storing data on a mobile device in the field of security processes. All data on the mobile device should be saved on a server. It is also possible to encrypt the device itself to ensure that HIPAA is complied with. Maintaining an app store for companies and limiting or blocking the installation of external applications on mobile devices for companies and personal users completely, helps reduce virus or malware exposure. With a Corporate App Store that only includes pre-screened platform apps, mobile devices that are used to access secret information are a useful tool.

Requiring users to periodically re-authenticate and track that authentication is just safe. It can be an effective policy, boost productivity, and decrease operating cost that employees can put in their own devices. This depends on the implementation of intelligent, secure policies before users can start bringing their own devices into the healthcare system. As the healthcare industry deploys connected devices, device security will gain the highest priority in the market.

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