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Five Best Practices That Healthcare Provider CIOs Can Use to Reduce Mobile Device Security Risk

Published: 21 April 2016

ID: G00304146

Analyst(s): Gregg Pessin


Mobility is a key characteristic of the real-time healthcare system. Many of the capabilities that mobile technology delivers increase an HDO's privacy and security risk. Understanding these threats and current mitigation methodologies is the first step in building a sustainable mobile foundation.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • The Proliferation of Smartphones
    • Unprecedented Access to HDO Data
    • Threat Surface
  • The Real-Time Healthcare System Framework


  • Identify All Likely Mobile Device PHI Disclosure Risks and Define a Risk-Mitigation Process for Each Use Case
  • Revisit and Update Your Mobile Device Policies and Security Practices Annually, Testing Them on a Regular Basis
    • The Five-Step Process
  • Only Provision Mobile Devices and Operating Systems That Are Supported by Your Mobile Device Management Platform
  • Create a Comprehensive Plan to Educate and Train Healthcare Users on Security Risks
  • Understand the Difference Between Device-Centric Security and Data-Centric Security

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