The Importance of Mobile Device Management and Security in Healthcare

Posted by John Venditti on Dec 28, 2011 11:23:00 AM

In telecom expense management, wireless, mobile device security

MDM in healthcareMobile device security is a critical element in this ever-evolving technological age, particularly when your business deals in any way with healthcare data.

With wireless devices such as smartphones and iPads or Android tablets proliferating the marketplace and becoming an integral part of many facets of modern business life, it is imperative that you protect your confidential business information and any healthcare data with Mobile Device Management (MDM) and security. 

When considering using wireless technology for business communications involving sensitive information such as confidential healthcare information, you will need to consider the importance of the HITECH Act, which is an acronym for The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, also called "The Act."  
The act works in tandem with HIPAA laws that are set to protect the privacy of healthcare patients' vital information. The HITECH Act serves to reinforce HIPAA laws with electronic storage and data. Penalties for not being in compliance with the act are stiff, with possible fines ranging from $250,000 to $1.5 million, hence making it important for you and your IT team to find the best defense in mobile device security.

When you and your IT team consider using -- or allowing the use of -- various mobile devices to store and transmit healthcare information, you will be trying to hold a large variety of tigers by the tails since the market is flooded with new wireless devices all the time. You will need to remain vigilant and monitor the types of devices used, or devices that you allow your team to use, and determine the best measure of mobile device management.

By monitoring your mobile connections and adding security, you alleviate your own concerns and additional team concerns to be on the ready to put out fires pertaining to potential mobile device security breaches.

Do your research to find the best solution provider for mobile device management and security in healthcare. Seek MDM for healthcare solutions where you are able to encrypt data, delete data at your location if a device is lost or stolen, options that allow you to view the data on a smartphone in real time, and other options that will help you keep your finger on the pulse of your company's mobile devices and that sensitive patient data that lies therein.

Protecting your sensitive data with mobile device security is a critical step to giving you peace of mind and complying with regulations while keeping your business mobile and secure.

To learn more about our mobile device management for healthcare solution, conatct us at 201-421-2263 or at [email protected].

 

 

 

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