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Data Security Top Reason Hospitals Prohibit Healthcare BYOD

September 20, 2017 - More hospitals are allowing healthcare BYOD policies, but data security is the top reason why an organization would prohibit such policies from being implemented, according to a recent Spok survey. Spok interviewed more than 350 healthcare leaders on their BYOD views, and found that 71 percent of hospitals in 2017 allow for BYOD policies. This is an increase from the 58 percent that allowed...


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Why Halifax Health Opted for a New Secure Texting Option

by Elizabeth Snell

There is a fine line between implementing innovative technologies, such as secure texting solutions, and ensuring healthcare data security. Additionally, physician and clinician workflow must also be considered with any new systems or devices....

How Mobile Healthcare Users Affect the Industry, Data Security

by Bill Kleyman

We’re seeing a true evolution around mobile devices being brought into the healthcare world. Mobile healthcare users are quickly becoming the norm. As bring your own device (BYOD) programs continue to become more commonplace, 38 percent...

Maintaining PHI Security with Specialized mHealth App Usage

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare secure messaging is an increasingly popular way for clinicians to communicate with patients, even offering patients the chance to better manage chronic conditions. PHI security cannot be compromised with the technology though, and...

Top 4 Key Concerns in Healthcare Mobile Security Options

by Elizabeth Snell

It can be daunting to choose the right mobile tools to help a healthcare organization stay innovative. It can be even more daunting though to ensure that mobile security remains a top priority and that PHI stays secure. Healthcare IT leaders...

Secure Messaging App Implemented in 26% of Healthcare Orgs

by Elizabeth Snell

Few hospitals have access to a fully implemented secure messaging system, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. The majority of hospital-based clinicians – 79.8 percent – are provided pagers for...

How Weak Mobile Health App Privacy, Security Affects Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

Mobile users are increasingly utilizing their devices for healthcare needs, whether it is through fitness trackers or even for communicating with providers. However, inadequate mobile health app privacy or policies that are difficult to understand...

Utilizing Secure Texting for Efficient, Simple Communications

by Elizabeth Snell

Maintaining HIPAA compliance in provider-to-patient communication and even in physician-to-physician communication is critical, which is why secure texting has increased in popularity. With technology evolving, organizations cannot afford to...

CIOs Report Budgets are Top Patient Data Security Risk

by Elizabeth Snell

Patient data security should always be a top priority for healthcare providers, but ensuring PHI security has become more difficult as clinical mobility continues to expand. Just over half – 56 percent – of surveyed healthcare CIOs...

DHS Mobile Device Security Study Urges Federal Improvements

by Elizabeth Snell

A recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report on improving the federal government’s approach to mobile device security could also have potential impact on healthcare’s mobile approach. The report is based off of a study conducted...

Mobile Security at Center of $2.5M OCR HIPAA Settlement

by Elizabeth Snell

The latest OCR HIPAA settlement was the first of its kind for a wireless health services provider, following allegations of ePHI disclosure due to a stolen laptop. Pennsylvania-based CardioNet provides remote mobile monitoring of and rapid response...

Mobile Security Strategies for Common Provider Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

As covered entities and business associates continue to adopt mobile security strategies, it can be increasingly difficult to find tools that are innovative but do not compromise security. Mobile app privacy and security worries and maintaining...

Mobile Security Essential Healthcare Provider Priority

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare providers continue to implement smart phones and tablets into their daily operations, which further underlines the need for current BYOD policies and a strong focus on mobile security. A recent HIMSS Analytics survey found that the...

How Secure Communication Platform Benefits TX Health System

by Elizabeth Snell

As more healthcare providers are implementing mobile devices and opting for new technologies to improve patient care, the need for secure communication platforms have become more necessary. Physicians need to be able to communicate with one another,...

What Happened with mHealth Security, Mobile Privacy in 2016?

by Elizabeth Snell

Covered entities and business associates are continuously searching for the technologies that can improve physician workflow, while also ensuring PHI security. Mobile devices are increasing in popularity, and are quickly becoming beneficial tools...

Health Data Privacy Risks Created with Wearable Devices

by Elizabeth Snell

Better standards on health data collection and use, and formal processes for assessing benefits and risks of using that data are to ways to help curb potential health data privacy risks that stem from wearables, according to a recent study. The...

Mobile App Security Top Concern for Health IT Decision Makers

by Elizabeth Snell

More healthcare providers are looking for ways to implement the latest mobile technologies, but mobile app security concerns and a failure to properly budget for IT changes could potentially put a damper on mHealth growth, according to a recent...

HIPAA Compliance Measures, Mobile Security Need Improvement

by Elizabeth Snell

As more healthcare organizations implement mobile options, ensuring that they maintain HIPAA compliance is essential. However, if a recent survey is any indication, covered entities have room for improvement when it comes to their mobile security....

Hospital Data Security Top CIO Priority for Mobile Workflow

by Elizabeth Snell

When it comes to mobile workflow investments, the majority of CIOs list hospital data security as a key driver, according to a recent Spok, Inc. survey administered by the College of Healthcare Information Management (CHIME). Specifically, 81...

Is the Human Body the Cure for Mobile Data Security Concerns?

by Elizabeth Snell

Using the human body to enable a physical layer of security could possibly eliminate certain mobile data security and medical device security concerns, according to recent research. University of Washington researchers explain in a paper that...

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