The Rise of IT Consumerization and its Impact on Healthcare Data Security

We all know that technology has crept up to us very quickly but what we don’t know is how dependent, our healthcare services really are on technology. With technology, comes security breaches just like how computers come viruses. To make matters worse, mobile devices are essential to our daily lives and are so accessible that it challenges every IT administrator out there.

Medical records are being digitized. Doctors, nurses and even patients are bringing in mobile devices by the truckloads into hospitals and other healthcare settings. A study showed that over 50% of healthcare professionals, access patients’ data electronically and patients themselves are also using mobile devices to track their healthcare needs.

As more mobile devices enter the healthcare industry with initiatives such as “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOB), IT administrators are trying to control the type of data that is being sent across. Nowadays, data is being stored in a centralized center so that no data needs to be stored on mobile devices.

Storing the information in a centralized location also allows customizing of the user layers. Basically, it means that admins can provide apps and desktops to users while still in control. Data that is being transmitted can be monitored and by administering an end-point scan, servers can determine a mobile device’s security before data is being sent over.

By using application and data control platforms, admins can also remove information that is made available to certain devices. Disabling of USB ports in personal devices can also be used as a preventive tool for security breaches. This method also prevents unauthorized copying or saving of sensitive data from the servers.

With the upcoming wave of mobile devices being introduced and other gadgets entering our organisations, there are also many new ways to secure data. Most importantly, keep it relevant to your organization’s needs.

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