Hospital CIOs struggle with BYOD, Internet of Things

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The BYOD and Internet of Things trends are creating security headaches for hospital CIOs, laments Andrew Litt, chief medical officer at Dell's healthcare solutions, in a Computerworld blog post.

Physicians, who are often not employees of hospitals, are increasingly using their own mobile devices to access medical records, order tests and prescribe medications.

"The idea of non-employees accessing data and applications of that level of sensitivity on personally owned devices would scare the daylights out of most corporate CIOs. And hospital CIOs are equally worried about the broader security concerns inherent with BYOD," Litt writes.

In addition, the Internet of Things, which includes wireless medical equipment, introduces many new wireless access points to the network that need to be secured and monitored.

Developers are working to merge data from these devices with electronic medical records. "Not only do [CIOs] need to ensure that unauthorized people do not access the network via any of these devices, [they] need to ensure security in transmission of the data," Litt explains.

"CIOs will also need to balance the need for security with physicians' need for easy access--a task made more difficult by the fact that, when it comes to patient care, physicians are not patient people…CIOs must be careful not to be rushed into solutions that provide easy access but don't ensure the high level of security the data demands," advises Litt.

For more:
- read Litt's column

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