Everyone who has ever been a patient in the healthcare industry knows that administrative excellence isn't exactly a hallmark of healthcare. From lost paper records to incorrect bills to missing insurance payments, the medical industry is a mess. Add in the mandates of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, or "Obamacare") which dictate that healthcare providers must begin transitioning to digital patient records, and the headache gets even bigger.
When it comes to the bring your own device (BYOD) trend, the party line in the technology world is generally focused on benefits - increased productivity, cost savings, efficiencies, mobility and flexibility - just to name a few. But BYOD has inherent security risks and organizations need to take a broad view of their security plans and infrastructure to properly protect data and assets.
Mobility is consistently on the rise, and for good reason. It allows professionals to go where they are most productive. In healthcare, it supports the demand for telemedicine and eVisits. Wireless networks expand the capabilities of the workforce and allow for more paperless interactions. Yet at the same time, controls have to be in place to ensure IT is successfully managing and maintaining privacy and security according to federal regulations.