Preventing data breaches on mobile in healthcare

A short, tart article on MedCityNews provides some valuable tips for HIT managers on how to secure all those proliferating, personal mobile devices in the healthcare environment and to manage theft and loss.

  • Install geolocation and tracking software or services for mobile devices which can 1) locate and 2) if needed, turn off or ‘brick ‘ the device
  • Acknowledge the use of personal devices and encrypt data, even memory sticks/thumb drives
  • ‘Tokenization’ which would permit access to patient data when needed only from devices and applications whose profiles have been created to have this access

Some tips to combat healthcare data security threat posed by mobile devices