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HIT Security Hinges on Mobile Device Management

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, June 19, 2012

Still, the group feels nothing can stop the trend of consumerization, in which consumers' device  preferences challenge businesses to adopt and accept them. It will keep going, so "organizations have to find a way to adapt to it and how to best address it," Brady says.

Today, too much of the educational material about these issues is vendor-specific, says Brady. The HIMSS workgroup aims to change that, as do I, through my story and columns such as this.

"The question is just how do you make that transition if you're a really large distributed organization?" Brady asks. "How do you get from point A, which is you don't have the virtual infrastructure to B where you have it, it's working and you're able to actually offer it to everybody?"

A phrase that came up several times in my research was data loss prevention, or DLP for short. DLP analyzes traffic on networks and detects in real time if personal health information or other sensitive or regulated information is leaving a network unexpectedly.

The HIMSS workgroup is talking about DLP and how healthcare organizations can employ this emerging technology to better manage BYOD and other mobile security threats, Brady says.

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Ann Unitas (6/19/2012 at 4:44 PM)
Scott - You hit the nail on the head. Policies and rules will not keep providers from using whatever tools available to do their jobs effectively, and mobile devices are an essential part of the toolkit. It is clearly not practical to expect all users to tweak configurations on their personal devices, yet that is the only proposed solution I hear much about. Apollo offers an app that lets professionals use their mobile device camera without risking unauthorized use of the picture. It doesn't solve the whole problem - but it addresses the most common, concerning, use of personal devices. Thanks to people like you, we'll get there!