Paving Hospital Halls with Mobile Device Communication

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Leading up to the online webcasts, we have asked industry leaders to share some of their thoughts on the future of healthcare technology. Below is a guest blog from Christa Schauermann, Healthcare Solutions Advisor at Insight, on mHealth and data security. Let us know what you think and remember to sign up for the webcasts.

“Smart mobile devices and applications, working in concert with cloud computing, social networking and big data analytics, will be at the core of global health care transformation.” Pat Hyek, Ernst & Young

mHealth, also known as mobile health, is the ugly duckling turned adorable sibling of electronic health, or eHealth. By embracing information and communication technology (ICT) for clinician device sharing, mHealth is growing up into the hospital hall mainstream. Beyond the mega trending phase, mHealth is maturing into an adult, with strong ideals, supported by a proven path and community cause.  Four out of five practicing physicians use smartphones, computer tablets, various mobile devices, and/or numerous apps in their customary medical practices, according to a Jackson & Coker report. This growth is enabling mHealth to give healthcare professionals advances in providing care faster and with historical productivity. Even with this incredible growth of mobile device communication and adaptation, many believe our world culture is barely scratching the surface of advances in cures and answers to our most formidable ailments.

As mobility devices begin to provide care givers with opportunities to retrieve large data repository research and reach the most rural of patients, while providing lower costs, improved outcomes and quicker care access, there is a kink in mHealth’s armor. Unfortunately, within our use of device driven data knowledge and positive patient outcome, there is a concern. Data breaches linking facility reputations to HIPAA fines and major privacy concerns push security issues to the forefront of infrastructure needs. There is no denying the amazing impact of patient care utilizing combined mHealth access. But, what does a facility do to support protected health information (PHI)?  Here are a couple tips to begin the approach to safer data environments:    

1. Create mobile device procedures around Choose Your Own Device (CYOD), the managed alternative to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) procedures including technical controls and management procedures around your employees - Care takers want access to their EHR’s from their mobile device. Using HIPAA compliant cloud based applications; this can be doable with slim infrastructure upgrades.

2. Cloud controls for your facility - Threats to your IT environment are changing constantly. Web hosting cloud security solutions provide iron-clad, reliable ways to maintain up-to-the-minute protection with low per-seat costs and minimal maintenance provided your service agreement addresses data breaches and patient data loss.

mHealth will continue to find ways to grow up in each medical facility, through hospital halls and within the reaches of the most rural locations. How both IT and healthcare embrace mHealth’s expansion, through excellent security options, will give those who are passionate, about the whole patient, the industry leading edge in mHealth security support. 

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