Article | April 28, 2015

Why Data Security In Healthcare Must Adapt To Mobility

Source: TigerText

By Brad Brooks, TigerText Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

In 2014, the world became very aware of how vulnerable their data is. Home Depot, Target, Sony, Community Health Systems, and Anthem were only some of the many enterprises that got hacked last year. With the amount of data stolen, there is a high probability that some of your personal information was hacked in 2014 – even if you didn’t realize it.

For healthcare organizations, there is the added complexity of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) regulations and protecting patients’ PHI (Protected Health Information). Due to the possibility of large violation fines and serious legal issues, HIPAA makes hackings and data security a primary concern for anyone in this industry.

Data was hard enough to secure when it was contained in a closed, controlled and limited IT network, but in the last couple of years the workforce is turning to more mobile devices including smart phones, tablets and laptops to access, process, distribute and manage their data and communications.

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