The rapid and enthusiastic adoption of mobile technology in the healthcare industry comes as no
surprise. This is an industry that while steeped in tradition, is also driven by discovery and innovation.
Healthcare professionals are routinely and increasingly using mobile devices to access and review
patient records and test results, enter diagnosis and billing information during patient visits, consult drug
formularies and other reference material, and synchronize information with their organizations' centralized
systems, all without the need for wired network connections.
These benefits are appealing and impressive, both from healthcare delivery and back office business
perspectives. However, the proliferation of a wide variety of mobile device types at the point of care can
make management teams in many healthcare organizations nervous. These managers are ultimately
responsible for the proper, accurate and confidential collection and protection of a broad range of data.
Devices and the sensitive information they contain must be managed and protected. Just as patients are
mobile, moving from doctors' offices to laboratories, imaging centers and other care facilities, so too, is the
information that follows them and is collected at multiple locations. This natural mobility provides many
points of exposure for information security breaches and other mishaps. While we are enjoying the benefits
of widespread adoption of mobile devices, few healthcare executives know what to do to mitigate their risk.
Patients expect that their private information will remain private. The Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act (HIPAA), Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and other regulations mandate that their private
health information remain private. Deploying the right technology to enable compliance will not only
protect organizations from penalty, but will also improve patient care, and preserve individual and