mobile security

By Neil Versel August 29, 2013
Although the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently updated the HIPAA privacy rule for the first time in more than a decade, the regulations still are not flexible enough to keep up with the pace of innovation in digital health, according to a newly published commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Plus, the authors contend, the new requirement that...
By Neil Versel December 13, 2012
While hospital CIOs and privacy officers sweat over the proliferation of smartphones, tablets and the BYOD phenomenon, federal health IT officials are trying to put their minds at ease with a series of resources to help providers safeguard patients' protected health information. Wednesday at its annual meeting in Washington, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology...
By Brian Dolan October 2, 2012
Epic's iPad app Canto According to an announcement on the Federal Business Opportunities site, the US Coast Guard has awarded a $2.3 million contract to Lockheed Martin to develop mobile access to the Coast Guard's electronic health records system. Lockheed will develop a secure mobile interface that can access data from the Coast Guard's 43 clinics and one support facility, which are located...
By Neil Versel May 30, 2012
Department of Veterans Affairs CIO Roger Baker may have circumvented around some federal protocols in deploying iPhones and iPads to VA personnel, but he did not violate strict security standards, according to an audit by the department's Office of Inspector General. In rolling out mobile devices to physicians and other VA personnel last year, the department knew that neither Apple iOS nor the...
By Neil Versel April 12, 2012
There's a lot of talk out there about text messaging not being appropriate for many healthcare uses. The usual excuses are that SMS is not secure to healthcare standards, that you can't really prioritize delivery of text messages and that there is no way to "escalate" texts if earlier messages aren't acted upon. Those are all valid points. In particular, anything involving personally identifiable...
By Chris Gullo October 26, 2011
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced this week plans to acquires as many as 100,000 tablets, primarily for use by their medical clinicians staff, marking one of the largest such deployments by a civilian agency, according to a bulletin on the government's Federal Business Opportunities website. The VA is also seeking vendors to help them secure the devices. The VA plans to deploy a number...
By Brian Dolan October 27, 2010
A recent study commission by Juniper Networks -- which, mind you, is a security firm -- found that seven out of 10 people store sensitive information like medical and bank information on their mobile phone without any security installed. The study also found that during the past year, 2 million people in the United States had lost or had their phone stolen. What is perhaps unexpected is that four...
By Brian Dolan September 22, 2010
Telus health in Canda: Cisco Canada: "In the space of one year, many health-care executives have gone from being unsure about wireless as a primarily delivery mode for network access to clinical and administrative applications to being convinced it's the route to go." Calgary Herald Lactic acid monitoring: Echo Therapeutics, which has developed a wireless, non-invasive transdermal continuous...
By Brian Dolan July 21, 2009
CareGroup Health System CIO John Halamka recently wrote about the strategy his facility, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is pursuing to comply with new Massachusetts Data Protection regulations. The new regs require organizations to take extra precautions to secure information, including data on mobile devices at the work place. (If you are not familiar with Halamka, he holds a number of...