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Experts discuss pros and cons of healthcare BYOD

December 19, 2012
Uncategorized By LW Consulting Inc.

As technological innovations continue to sweep across multiple industries in the business world, it's important for company leaders to ensure that their employees are properly trained in how best to use the new systems. In the healthcare field, everything from electronic medical records (EMRs) and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) rules can improve the quality of patient care. However, it's crucial to properly implement these changes and to ensure that the data remains secure.

Working with a hospital consultant who specializes in healthcare IT consulting will help all doctors, nurses and staff understand how best to use technological innovations in daily operations. That way, security breaches will be less of an issue and patient care can be streamlined.

Dr. John Halamka, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Massachusetts, said at InformationWeek Healthcare's Virtual Event that BYOD, specifically, is an unstoppable force. Even so, it's important for medical facilities to take into account the risks and responsibilities, along with the opportunities, that such innovations bring to the healthcare field.

"Although CIOs would much rather focus on the cool apps of the future or that 3D holographic iPad, compliance and regulatory imperatives are a must do," Halamka told the news source. His overall message was straightforward, underlining the importance of keeping patient data safe. 

The BIDMC experienced a data breach about one year ago, reported the source, when an employee laptop was stolen. It cost the medical center hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees and forensic analysis. Afterwards, the BIDMC decided to go beyond policy and put specific technologies in place to secure all devices, ensuring it stayed HIPAA compliant.

No healthcare organization wants to experience the aftermath of HIPAA violations. As technology continues to evolve, it's crucial for medical staff to keep themselves up-to-date on how best to keep patient data protected.