How secure are mobile health devices? Not very.

This interview with Barry Chaiken, M.D., chief medical officer of Imprivata network security and former chair of HIMSS, is unsettling for several reasons.  The first is about halfway down (after the vineyard chat)–smartphones solve the problem of having a physician’s desktop roam wherever needed–but are a major security problem for personal health information and should be replaced by secure mobile devices–but the workflows need tons of clinician input, and that will take a while.   The other is that in his opinion, how doctors practice is predictable based on their medical school and residency, and not necessarily based on ‘best practices’ which is rather simplified as ‘move in the clinical space where physicians and nurses and others are doing their skill set around pattern recognition and treating the patients. IT is the source of that. pattern recognition.’  That left this editor [Donna] and one commenter fairly nonplussed on this simplistic view  HIStalk interview.  (Hat tip to Paul Sonnier over at Wireless Health/LinkedIn.)

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  1. Why not secure mobile devices?
    Thanks for the hat tip, Donna. As Dr. Chaiken describes the Imprivata system’s facial recognition features re security, why can’t a smartphone with a front-facing camera do the same thing? Pardon the pun, but the solution seems to be right in front of our faces. — Paul

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