The devices can be monitored and programmed remotely, but fears remain high that they can be easily hacked, posing a risk to patient safety and also providing an entry point for a skilled hacker that wants to access a hospital’s network.
Although mobile technology isn’t new to the healthcare industry, there’s an explosion of new capabilities and potential applications. Brian Edds, VP of Product Strategy, Spok, offers recommendations as to what healthcare organizations should do to take advantage of these new opportunities – including infrastructure considerations that must be addressed to support future mobile capabilities -- in this exclusive HIMSS interview. He also addresses some of the key security issues around mobile in healthcare.
Commentary: I recently read a post titled 8 Healthcare Topics to Watch in 2016 and one that caught my attention was that this is the year tech companies will push healthcare into the future based on moves by a couple of tech giants; Apple and IBM.
More than 80 percent of mobile health apps approved by the Food and Drug Administration have tested positive for two critical security vulnerabilities, according to a vendor specializing in anti-tamper protections for software.