Data Security Increasing Concern Due To BYOD
Many healthcare institutions are increasingly taking advantage of mobile health applications, which has in turn led to many firms adopting BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) initiatives in a bid to reduce cost and facilitate greater update with doctors and medical professionals. However, with this comes a need for added data security.
The uptake of mHealth apps has led to more healthcare firms and medical professionals sharing confidential imagery and content via mobile devices.
Andrew Brown, Executive Director of Enterprise Research at Strategy Analytics cautioned, “In an environment where BYOD is more and more common, healthcare organizations need to be especially vigilant to safeguard patient confidentiality while reaping the benefits of remote image access on multiple platforms. Ensuring regulatory compliance in healthcare remains critical.”
In the US, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requires healthcare organisations to protect patient privacy and information. The follow-on low, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, allows the Department of Health and Human Services to levy fines on firms that fail to meet the required standards and protect patient information. Last year the HHS’s Office of Civil Rights levied million dollar fines against a number of large healthcare institutions for data breeches involving patient information.
“Smartphones and tablets have improved so much as image capture and display devices that they permit remote diagnosis with accuracy rates that approach in-person examination,” said Tom Elliott, Director of Emerging Markets at Strategy Analytics. Elliott said that in 2011, MIM Software received Food and Drug Administration approval for the use of its iOS viewing application for diagnostic x-ray and ultrasound viewing.
However, many of the data breaches reported to HHS involve the loss or theft of mobile devices containing patient information. So, healthcare firms have a substantial interest in protecting patient information, especially data and images that can be sent on mobile devices.
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Rackspace surveys healthcare leaders' knowledge of tech
A new survey sponsored by Rackspace Technology has analysed how well healthcare leaders understand technology today, compared to five years ago.
Rackspace polled more than 1400 IT and non-IT decision makers in companies making over $300 million a year in six industries, one of which was healthcare.
The survey asked healthcare executives about the changing role of technology in their area, including the dangers of falling behind, their knowledge of the role of technology, and familiarity with what technology can do to the bottom-line.
The majority (90%) say their appreciation for application technology has grown over the past five years, and 88% now have a better understanding of technology than they did five years ago.
They were also asked about the ways technology helps drive corporate strategies. The survey found that:
* 62% say automation drives efficiencies
* 50% say they leverage innovative technologies like IoT and cloud native applications
* 48% say it allows greater employee collaboration
* 48% say it gives them real-time analysis/customer ‘pulse’
Among the technologies that benefit healthcare organisations the most financially i.e. generating revenue and reducing costs:
* 60% say AI/machine learning
* 61% say cybersecurity
* 56% say enterprise software
* 45% say e-commerce
* 44% say SaaS
* 41% say IoT
Almost half of the respondents (44%) say that if legacy applications aren’t modernised in the next two to three years, healthcare organisations may lose their ability to compete.
Other consequences of delaying modernising applications include:
* 56% say they wouldn’t be able to meet new regulations
* 46% say they wouldn’t be able to scale up IT to meet new demands
* 44% say customer service levels would be reduced
* 36% say they wouldn’t be able to integrate
* 33% say poor staff morale would result from inadequate systems
* 33% say there would be lost productivity
Jeff DeVerter, CTO at Rackspace Technology, commented on the research: “The results of our survey are further evidence that modernising applications through a user lens is not just a ‘nice to have’ from a customer satisfaction perspective, but also delivers a wealth of tangible, quantifiable benefits to organisations.
“Applications are a foundation of customer experience, and it is encouraging to see an increased focused and rising enthusiasm for customer experience improvements.”