Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only
  • 12 Tips for Traveling With Diabetes
See the entire table of contents here!

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter
Latest
Popular
Top Rated
Health Archives
Print | Email | Share | Comments (0)

BYOD Policies Could Threaten Healthcare Privacy


Apr 22, 2013

As technology puts smartphones into almost every hand, those technological advances may be putting your personal healthcare information at risk, according to a new study.

In a survey of 1,000 healthcare workers conducted by the marketing firm Cisco, 89 percent of healthcare workers in the United States used a personal smartphone for work purposes within the last year.

Since personal devices are less likely to be equipped with certain safety features, that means your health information could fall into anyone's hands if that smartphone is lost, stolen, or misplaced.

The survey questioned full-time healthcare workers about their use of personal smartphones, often at the direction of employers and then used on employers' networks as part of the new Bring Your Own Device policy that is sweeping the nation.

The results echoed those of a survey of 130 hospitals which found that 85 percent of physicians and staff used personal devices at work, doing everything from accessing personal and work email on the same device to reviewing medical records, checking drug interaction information, or transferring files, including radiology images and lab results, through potentially unsecure networks.

Problems can be prevented, though, according to Bill Ho, president of the software company Biscom, in an article that appeared earlier this year in Becker's Medical Review.

Ho suggested several security measures to protect private information, including:

  • Mandatory passwords to act as a line of defense in the event of a lost device
  • Training to ensure that staff is more likely to recognize suspicious activity if it happens
  • The use of applications that encrypt sensitive data in case passwords are cracked
  • Establishing mobile device management systems that will protect client information, especially if systems are hacked

Categories: Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Magazine, Hackers, Health



You May Also Be Interested In...


Comments


Add your comments about this article below. You can add comments as a registered user or anonymously. If you choose to post anonymously your comments will be sent to our moderator for approval before they appear on this page. If you choose to post as a registered user your comments will appear instantly.

When voicing your views via the comment feature, please respect the Diabetes Health community by refraining from comments that could be considered offensive to other people. Diabetes Health reserves the right to remove comments when necessary to maintain the cordial voice of the diabetes community.

For your privacy and protection, we ask that you do not include personal details such as address or telephone number in any comments posted.

Don't have your Diabetes Health Username? Register now and add your comments to all our content.

Have Your Say...


Username: Password:
Comment:
©1991-2014 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.