The risk that patient-doctor communications could be intercepted by a third-party is significant. Encryption of data and phone conversations is an option, but that would be both expensive and cumbersome for both patient and doctor.
Doctors are increasingly using mobile devices to provide patient care, yet many healthcare organizations do not have a mobile technology policy in place, according to a recent survey by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
BYOD at healthcare organizations create special security challenges for IT departments. While doctors are demanding to use their smartphones and tablets to access patient data, federal regulations require strong security measures to keep patient data secure. Failure to comply could result in hefty fines.
Nonprofit IT security certification group (ISC)2 unveiled this week a new certification program for assessing information security expertise specifically within the healthcare industry.
Inadequate measures to secure networked medical devices threaten the lives of patients, as well as the security of hospital networks, warns Deloitte in a new report.