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Mobile Devices Pose New Security Risks for Patients; Five Experts Share Insights on mHealth

PORTLAND, Ore. July 20, 2011

September 22, 2009 May 8, 2011 Chad Boeckmann Rebecca Herold Rick Kam

Electronic Health Records Increase Mobile Device Usage

Sixty-four percent of physicians own smartphones and 30 percent of physicians have an iPad, with another 28 percent planning to buy one within six months, according to a recent Manhattan Research study. 10,000 mobile healthcare applications are available today on the iPad, with a larger number of them created to provide access to electronic health records. Additionally, one-third of physicians use their mobile devices to input to EHR while seeing patients, while the information is fresh.

Experts Offer Their Insights on mHealth

Jill Arena Health  Practice Solutions, LLC, consulting and technology solutions, :

Chad Boeckmann :

Rebecca Herold Rebecca Herold :

Rick Kam :

  1. Whenever possible, don’t store sensitive data on wireless devices. If required, ensure the data is encrypted.
  2. Enable password protection on wireless devices, and configure the lock screen to come on after a short period of inactivity.
  3. Turn on the Remote Wipe feature of wireless devices.
  4. Enable Wi-Fi network security. Do not use WEP, and only use WPA-1 with strong passphrases. Use WPA-2 if possible.
  5. Change the default SSID and administrative passwords.
  6. Don’t transmit your wireless router’s SSID.
  7. Only allow your devices to connect by specifying their hardware MAC address.
  8. Implement a Wireless Intrusion Prevention System."

Robert Siciliano personal security and identity theft expert, :

About the Panel of Industry Experts

Jill Arena

Chad Boeckmann

Rebecca Herold Rebecca Herold Computerworld

Rick Kam

Robert Siciliano


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