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HIMSS: Verizon, Motorola and BoxTone Partner to Create Secure Android Devices/Apps Suitable for Health IT

It was announced during this week’s HIMSS conference that Verizon, Motorola and BoxTone are teaming up to develop secure solutions for Android-based devices and applications with the aim of making the platform suitable for health IT implementation.

The jointly created offering leverages BoxTone’s automated “Enterprise Mobility Management” (EMM) software platform on select Motorola devices,such as the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX smartphones, as well as DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and 8.2 tablets, all of which leveraging Verizon’s 4G LTE network.  As such, healthcare organizations can now “reliably deploy Android-based mobile devices and apps that are designed to help them meet strict compliance requirements, including privacy measures outlined in the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).”

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HHS Proposes New Regulation Requiring Default Encryption on Mobile Devices Used in Healthcare

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have published a new proposed rule for Stage 2 Meaningful Use that would stipulate that mobile devices that retain patient data after a clinical encounter — such as laptops, smartphones and tablets — have default encryption enabled.

Many of the recent high-profile data breaches involving sensitive health information had to do with lost or stolen mobile devices, which has brought device security and proper encryption into the spotlight.  “We agree that this is an area of security that appears to need specific focus,” the NPRM for Stage 2 Meaningful Use states.  “Recent HHS analysis of reported breaches indicates that almost 40% of large breaches involve lost or stolen devices.  Had these devices been encrypted, their data would have been secured.”

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Fiberlink Debuts Secure “MaaS360” Mobile Device Management Solution for Healthcare

It’s been announced by Fiberlink, a company providing SaaS solutions for mobile device and application management, has debuted a new edition of its “MaaS360” platform for the healthcare industry.

MaaS360 for Healthcare was designed to provide a single, unified view of policy and status reporting across tablets and smartphones for healthcare organizations.  The platform aims to help CIOs and others responsible for data and device security to identify and manage the “complex challenges of mHealth initiatives and data security risks to meet strict HIPAA compliance requirements.”

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Healthcare Data Breaches Up by 32 Percent

Yesterday we covered a new report and survey sponsored recently from data security consulting firm ID Experts that details the growing trend of healthcare data breaches and security threats, despite improvements in policy management and training at healthcare organizations.

Today, new data was released showing data breaches are actually up 32 percent over last year.  For the study, senior personnel at 72 health care organizations in the administration, clinical, compliance, financial, privacy and security departments were interviewed, and found the three leading causes of increased breaches relate to lost or stolen equipment, errors by third parties and employee mistakes.  In fact, mistakes by employees have led to many data breach increases according to 41 percent of respondents.

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Survey: Though Policies & Training Improved, Health Data Still Not Better Protected Than a Year Ago

A new survey out recently by data breach and remediation firm ID Experts shows that while policies and training at healthcare organizations have improved, health data is still no better protected than it was a year ago.

In fact, the survey found that the frequency of breaches has actually increased over the past year, along with rising incidents of identity theft and poor control over mobile devices.  In addition, two-thirds of organizations surveyed don’t provide protection services to breach victims.  There may be a reason for this trend, however, as electronic health record adoption and migration to mobile computing devices inherently leads to increased security risks and breaches.

Based on interviews with about 300 officials at 72 provider organizations, mostly hospitals, the rate of breach reporting has actually improved, which could skew the actual increase in breaches.  Survey results also show that identity theft in health care is up 26 percent in a year, which is substantial considering the overall financial cost of compromised sensitive health information can be much higher than theft of financial data.

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Dell Healthcare’s CTO Discusses Mobile Health and Data Security

The folks over at eWeek sat down recently with Dell Healthcare’s CTO Dave Marchand to discuss how healthcare organizations should approach security.  In an interesting Q&A session, Mr. Marchand talks about the importance of encryption, how to secure mobile devices and much more.

In a relatively short period of time we’ve seen some rather large security breaches, such as one at Stanford Hospital where over 20,000 patient records were leaked to a private Website by a contractor, or the misplacement of backup tapes for Tricare, a provider of health care services to active and retired military personnel.  As the healthcare industry moves towards digital and mobile communication and access, security has been brought into the spotlight like never before.

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Report: Healthcare Organizations Not Prepared to Secure Patient Data

As the healthcare industry turns its focus to new digital and mobile technology, ensuring patient data and other sensitive areas are kept secure has become a major issue for hospitals and other healthcare organizations.

A new report out from PwC claims healthcare companies aren’t as prepared as they should be.  The report, entitled “Old Data Learns New Tricks: Managing Patient Privacy and Security on a New Data-Sharing Playground,” shows that despite advances in electronic health records (EHRs) and security technology, healthcare organizations have yet to adopt privacy measures on a large scale.

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