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Doctors’ smartphones accused for increasing risk of health data breaches

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Health data breach is a real concern in the U.S.

Recent reports by Manhattan Research have found more than 81% of physicians use a smartphone, up from 72% in 2010. Also a study found that 96% of all health care organizations surveyed said they had experienced at least one data breach in the past two years.

Mobile devices create a security risk in two ways. Data can reside on the device and can be accessed. Also, the device can be a way of gaining access to data that reside on electronic medical record systems at the health care organizations. Plus, many note, smartphones’ size makes them easier to lose than a laptop.

Experts also recommend that physician practices set policies on mobile use, with attention paid to security measures, such as antivirus software and password protection

Lewis Dolan, Pamela. Smartphones blamed for increasing risk of health data breaches. Amednews, Posted on 19th of Dec. 2011. http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/m/2011/12/19/bl21219.htm

 

Written by hbasset

December 21, 2011 at 10:53 am

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