InformationWeek, November 17, 2011

Clinicians are so in love with their mobile devices that these gadgets may soon become the preferred computing devices in healthcare, eventually replacing desktops, cart-bound workstations, and other traditional hardware. But that love affair comes at a price. Mobile devices pose several scary security issues that your IT team needs to deal with sooner rather than later. Many devices are lost or stolen. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' HIPAA breach site, to date, of the 364 data breaches affecting 500 or more individuals, the vast majority have involved lost or stolen laptops, flash drives, or other mobile gear, as well as lost or improper disposal of paper documents.

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