It’s scary out there. Every day our healthcare data is at risk and Electronic Healthcare Records (EHR) data loss is a major concern for people. Security challenges like malware, viruses, and more are constantly threatening the healthcare industry, and now through mobile devices. Physicians are using tablets and smartphones to manage patient care information and other work related information. More patients are accessing their records online and office appointments are often scheduled through text messages or smart phone apps. Healthcare IT Services and Mobile Devices are more important than ever!
There are certain steps that healthcare organizations can take to help decrease the risk of data loss. Data loss can occur when mobile devices are lost or stolen, or when employees share files in the cloud.
Healthcare IT services best practices for Mobile Device Management:
- Maintain security settings and configurations on all mobile devices
- Remote wiping of data
- Device and app encryption
- Password enforcement on all devices
- Operating system monitoring
- Email and attachment security
This is only a short list of best practices. Other security measures include training employees about basic security best practices. For example, anyone using mobile devices should create secure, hard to guess passwords, and change them on a regular basis. They should also understand the risks of emailing patient records on non-encrypted networks. Staff should not store or view patient documents on personal devices. These basic security best practices can help avoid security breaches that lead to data loss.
Ask yourself these questions about your Healthcare Services and the use of Mobile Devices:
- Do we provide mobile devices that travel off-premises?
- Do we allow employees to use their personal mobile devices on-premise?
- Do we have any ability to remotely manage a lost of stolen mobile device?
We provide professional Healthcare IT Services in Milwaukee. We offer a HIPAA Approved Security Risk Assessment (SRA). Contact us today and inquire about our Mobile Device and HIPAA SRA solutions.