Every day 24,800 patients have their protected medical records exposed, according to stats from the Department of Health and Human Services. With that type of threat lurking, and the popularity of mobile devices rising, HealthITSecurity offers several tips medical professionals can follow to secure their patients' sensitive data.
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.
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.