Technology is changing the way information is gathered, stored, and shared within and between healthcare providers. The most recent development being that much of this information is no longer accessed via hospital-owned desktop computers and securely locked up in large data centers. It’s now captured on smartphones, tablets, and other personal computing devices and stored virtually in the cloud.
This trend, called alternatively "consumerization of information technology" or "bring your own device" (BYOD), is greatly impacting the way physicians interact with patients and how they access information. The challenge for healthcare organizations is to manage, control, and protect patient information, comply with the HIPAA Security and Privacy rules, and ensure clinician's productivity–all while delivering better care at lower costs. The trick is to identify an approach that enables secure use of sensitive data without impeding the delivery of health care. Providers will want to think about:
- Mobile Device Management
- Data Loss Prevention
- Enhanced Web Protection
- Application Management and Version Control