Increased usage of Mobile Devices by Physicians while accessing medical records

Smartphones and other mobile devices have made it easier for physicians to perform some of their duties from any remote location and have also pushed many physicians to test the plausibility of these technologies being used in the healthcare industry. CompTIA, an information technology association, survey reported that 56% of physicians are using smartphones, and 25% are using tablets for work. However, there have also been some concerns over the security of patients’ privacy and the information about the health of a patient. Hence advantages of using mobile technology come with its own risks and threats.

Some of the most common wireless threats to physicians include device risk content where the data on the device is susceptible to malicious executable files, unauthorized intrusion risk where unauthorized third parties may gain control and data integrity, confidentiality and authenticity risk where patients data could travel from the mobile device to the access point without being integrated and this can compromise the patients data to third parties. However, these threats can be reduced by protecting patient data when transferred between devices.

Usage of mobile devices by physicians in hospitals as well is advantageous to physicians as mobile access helps in drawing more value out of the big investments hospitals have made in electronic records. However, patient data needs to be protected and to further elaborate this – The National Institute of Standards and technology (NIST) has released a report regarding the security of information as far as storage devices are concerned.  Additionally a report by the United States Department of Health and Human Services titled “Reassessing Your Security Practices in a Health IT Environment: A Guide for Small Health Care Practices” states some of the methods in which HIPAA compliance can be maintained.

In the changing healthcare industry, usage of mobile technology to access Electronic Health Records is vastly advantageous and almost imperative, however physicians need to maintain patient privacy through administrative, technical and physical safeguards and observe HIPAA guidelines and physicians pressed for time can make this possible by outsourcing their services. well updated with HIPAA compliance and other issues related to the Health IT sector, maintain utmost confidentiality regarding client data. Equipped in handling all the administrative and technical details to preserve patient’s data security, MBC has guided thousands of practices across the 50 states in the US to exchange data securely and supported doctors to automate their practices making healthcare more electronically secure.