This week, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is convening thousands of IT professionals, clinicians and health care executives from around the world for its annual educational conference. Mobility is a hot topic at this year’s event as decision makers consider the risks associated with compromising security and patient privacy.
According to Ponemon Institute’s research, 94 percent of surveyed health care organizations had experienced a data breach within the past two years. The survey also found the cost of data breaches is on the rise with a potential figure of $1.5 million per lost record – a big expense for an industry that is looking around every corner to contain costs.
A recent SANS-Norse Report shows that 375 healthcare organizations in the U.S. had been compromised between September 2012 and October 2013. In addition, the 2013 HIMSS Security Survey found that 19 percent of respondents reported that they had a security breach in the last year.
Given these report findings on security breaches and compromises, it’s increasingly important that you ask these questions as you investigate mobile solutions for your organization at HIMSS14:
1. Is the solution easy for doctors, nurses and staff to use? In a field where seconds are precious, the ability to share data faster and respond more quickly can save lives. You want to have a solution that deters health care professionals from turning to insecure, third-party tools to prioritize speed and efficiency over security.
2. Is the security built in from the ground up? The most secure mobile connectivity requires technology and providers that have security in their DNA. Solutions that are pieced together are more susceptible to data breaches.
3. Has the security been tested and proven? Hospitals, insurers and beyond are feeling the pressure to give employees the freedom and familiarity of bring your own device (BYOD) without compromising security. As mobile platform providers begin to infiltrate health care, organizations must be wary of untested and unproven solutions that can put their mobile infrastructure at risk.
At BlackBerry, we can answer “yes” to all of these questions, which is why many of the world’s top health care organizations are upgrading to BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) and/or BlackBerry 10 devices. The BlackBerry platform is the only one that can offer a true end-to-end security solution at the device, server and network level, which is particularly crucial in a regulated industry.
With BES10, the health care industry can manage and secure BlackBerry 10 smartphones, as well as iOS® and Android™ devices. No matter the device or platform, BES10 ensures that doctors, nurses and other health care professionals are productive, their data remains secure and patient data is private.