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Mobile Apps Pose Security Risks

Posted on July 11, 2013 I Written By

Anne Zieger is a healthcare journalist who has written about the industry for 30 years. Her work has appeared in all of the leading healthcare industry publications, and she's served as editor in chief of several healthcare B2B sites.

Mobile apps that share files via the cloud may be popular, but they pose risks in a clinical setting, according to a study reported by FierceMobileHealthcare.

The study, which was conducted by the Ponemon Institute, concluded that many health organizations aren’t taking the steps needed to guard protected health information on mobile devices and in the cloud.  In fact, more than half of respondents (54 percent) reported having an average of five data breaches involving the loss or theft of a mobile device containing  PHI, according to FierceMobileHealthcare.

About 33 percent of Ponemon respondents said they need to access PHI to do their work. That being said, only 15 percent of survey respondents were aware of HIPAA’s security requirements for regulated data on mobile devices.  This was the case despite the fact that 33 percent of respondents were part of a HIPAA-covered entity.

Meanwhile, 40 percent of respondents weren’t sure if their organization’s policies on employee access and use of regulated data on mobile devices were HIPAA-compliant. Twelve percent said they were compliant, 31 percent were partially compliant and 17 percent said they were noncompliant.

While healthcare organizations may be playing it a bit fast and loose where use of the cloud via mobile is concerned, they’re still being very cautious where other  uses of the cloud are concerned, FierceMobileHealthcare notes.

According to a recent survey by technology vendor CDW, healthcare organizations ranked seventh out of eight industries studied when it came to adoption of cloud computing.  According to CDW, healthcare leaders cited security concerns about proprietary data and applications as reasons they’d been reluctant to adopt cloud technology.

A Ring Around the EHR and Health IT Twittersphere

Posted on March 11, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

One challenge that many bloggers face is creating good titles for all of their posts. I usually don’t have too much problem creating one. Although, I have to admit that when I do my weekend Twitter round ups, I often do have a problem coming up with a title. I don’t like them all to be essentially the same. Maybe I’ll just do the top two stories in the title in the future and then say and more… I mostly mention that because of the creative title above.

Ok, enough discussion of blog titles. Let’s get to the meat of the tweets that I found. A number of these are really substantial pieces of news. So, take a look and enjoy.


I’m sure many might be wondering why this is in an EMR and health IT roundup. The EMR mentioned in the tweet is not electronic medical record. However, if you love tech, you’ll be amazed at that post. It’s such a great illustration of how what Amazon is doing with EC2 and their other “cloud” services is going to continue lowering the costs for so many internet services.

I like to think about it this way. How many servers are running at maximum capacity all the time? The answer is none of them. In fact, many of them often use some small percentage of what that server could process. So, that means there’s a lot of wasted processing power on servers. I think services like Amazon EC2 create such an interesting model since they have so many fewer wasted resources.


Yes, this is a survey by CDW healthcare, but that’s a pretty strong number regardless of who is doing the survey.


I’ve become more and more annoyed by the way our current payment system causes so many perverse incentives. It really makes me want to find ways to change the system.


It could be the most overlooked. Although, the question we should be asking is why is it overlooked? I think the answer is that it’s not an easy thing to understand during the selection process.


Nice job by Neil of covering Epocrates selling their EHR software. This is BIG news. Sure we could argue that Epocrates didn’t have the DNA in their company to build and sell EHR. However, this should be a cautionary tale for other EHR vendors trying to enter the market. Of course, entrepreneurs will ignore this caution and enter anyway. That’s why I love entrepreneurship.


This story was passed around on Twitter all week this last week. It probably deserves more than a tweet at the end of a Twitter round up. This is a great story about an iPad EMR saving a life, but it’s also a great story about patient information being available in emergent situations. I’ve met a number of companies that are working on this problem (including My Crisis Records who advertises on one of my sites). I think over the next 5 years we’re going to see a really dramatic change in how an emergency responder addresses a medical situation. I look forward to that day. I believe information is power and I think we can do a lot better getting them the information that will make them more powerful.