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Report: HIPAA compliance and data security of utmost importance to healthcare managers

December 04, 2012
Uncategorized By LW Consulting Inc.

The medical sector has been focused on new technologies in recent years. With many industries adopting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives, doctors and healthcare professionals have also been glued to laptops, smartphones and tablets when handling medical documentation procedures.

Today, people of all ages are using mobile devices on a day-to-day basis and some healthcare facilities feel that adopting such technology could help with patient engagement. However, the safety and security of medical information - especially patient data - should be of the utmost importance to medical providers.

Committing HIPAA violations could cause a hospital or clinic to undergo an investigation by federal agencies and, if a data breach is found, the healthcare provider will be left with a hefty fine.

Along with this, patients are less likely to trust the hospital staff and may move on to another provider instead. Training employees on HIPAA compliance measures could go a long way to avoiding such problems.

KLAS released a report titled "Mobile Healthcare Applications: Can Enterprise Vendors Keep Up?" in which healthcare managers shared their experience with mobile technologies and applications, according to InformationWeek Healthcare.

The security and management of medical data behind mobile devices seems to be the greatest concern for these respondents. Data encryption was the first goal of the healthcare organizations when it came to securing patient information.

"[Providers] are concerned with making sure tablets are secure, and it's difficult because it's a personal device," Eric Westerlind, the report's author, told the news source. "Whatever they install can't be too intrusive, and sometimes that can be an issue with MDM. But when you're dealing with patient information, anything that contains data covered by HIPAA needs to be secured, and those devices need to be able to be wiped clean."