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Mobile Device Security and Patient Data

More and more physicians are using mobile devices, such as phones and tablets, to interact with patient data. Check out the below infographic from Skycure to see how doctors are using mobile devices, and what some of the risks of this usage might be. According to these figures, the number of physicians using mobile devices to manage inpatient data has increased from only 8 percent in 2013 to 70 percent in 2015. Similarly, 80 percent of doctors now use mobile devices in their day-to-day practice, and 28 percent have patient data stored on a mobile device.

Unfortunately, security may not be keeping pace with usage. For example, 14 percent of doctors have patient data on a mobile device with no passcode set up on it. Similarly, many doctors are using services like WhatsApp that may not be secure enough for sharing patient information. With more than 260 major healthcare data breaches occurring in 2015 (9 percent involving mobile devices) it is more important than ever for physicians to be aware of cyber security concerns when using mobile devices to interact with patient data.

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Few US hospitals have electronic medical records

side note:  I knew that most small practices didn’t have electronic medical records in place, but only 1 in 10 hospitals?  I’m not shocked, but I was slightly surprised.  We have a long way to go to make sure we meet the needs of future generations….especially when we see more and more people moving all over the country.  Will the President’s plan work?  Will Walmart be able to push their cheap, inexpensive solution on physicians?  And will they bite?

By Julie Steenhuysen
Reuters.com

* Less than 2 percent have comprehensive systems
* Cost biggest barrier to adoption, hospitals say
* Urban hospitals more likely to be have IT records

CHICAGO, March 25 (Reuters) – Less than 2 percent of U.S. hospitals have adopted fully functional electronic medical records, with most citing cost as the biggest barrier, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

“The data collectively show we are at a very early stage in adoption, a very low stage compared to other countries,” said Harvard’s Dr. David Blumenthal, who last week was tapped to lead President Barack Obama’s $19 billion push to increase the use of information technology in healthcare.

Obama has made electronic medical records a central piece of his plan to cut costs out of a U.S. healthcare system that consistently ranks lower in quality measures than other rich countries.

Blumenthal said the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, clearly shows the United States has room to improve. He said financial incentives in the economic stimulus bill should help, given that most hospitals reporting that cost as their biggest stumbling block.

The study by Blumenthal, Dr. Ashish Jha of the Harvard School of Public Health, and others, is based on data collected in 2008 from nearly 3,000 hospitals.

It was designed to get a baseline reading on how widely U.S. hospitals have adopted electronic medical records, which promise to reduce medical errors and improve health quality.

“Right now, very few hospitals in America have a comprehensive electronic health record,” Jha told the briefing. “Only about 1 in 10 meet the definition of a basic electronic health record.” Continue reading