This blog has mentioned in the past the potential for electronic health information to be compromised, making the protection of these kinds of systems important. It should be no real surprise then, that researchers have been investigating the ways these programs might be better safeguarded. Any hospital consultant looking to advise a facility as how to best approach the use of electronic records could take this as an opportunity to examine what these sorts of projects might eventually mean and what use they could serve an expanding medical practice.
A paper that recently appeared in the Journal of Medical Internet Research detailed the efforts of researchers to find a means of keeping electronic health applications safe, using the existing app SapoFit as the main target of their trials. In one of two studies conducted with the system, the app was run on mobile devices both with and without the encryption system known as DE4MHA, with performance levels compared against each other.
"These security mechanisms did not deteriorate the overall network performance and the app, maintaining similar performance levels as without the encryption," the authors said in their conclusion. "More importantly, it offers a robust and reliable increase of privacy, confidentiality, integrity and authenticity of their health information." The authors also suggest that DE4MHA might be compatible with other apps in the future.
Security remains a major concern for any medical industry professionals seriously considering the benefits of healthcare IT consulting, and if encryption proves to be a solution to these concerns it can be beneficial to weigh all possibilities to find the best solution.