mHealth Summit: Keeping Your Data Secure – #mHealth

Rohit Nayak small webDuring the week of December 3-5, 2012, the fourth annual mHealth Summit was held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The summit transcended across all organization types—with attendees gathering from government agencies, private companies, not-for-profit organizations, industry and academia to discuss how wireless technology can improve the future of healthcare. 

mHealth, sponsored by mHIMSS, the mobile arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), is planned each year with the goal to bring together technology, business, research and policy leaders to advance collaboration in the use of wireless technology to improve health outcomes in both the U.S and abroad.  

Rohit Nayak, Vice President of Physician Technology Services for the healthcare IT subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics, attended the summit and prepared remarks while serving on the “Keep My Data Private and Secure” panel. 

Along with four other panelists, Nayak addressed three main points:

  • How do healthcare organizations develop policies relating to the access, storage and use of PHI using mobile devices and applications?
  • Do HIPAA and other pre-mobile privacy laws need to be updated?  
  • What are the security challenges for mobile technology? 

The general nature of mobile devices and ensuring security and protection of data is an issue that is being addressed throughout the technology field, but one that has become more prominent in healthcare as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs and patient portals have become standard. 

Nayak discussed some steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of healthcare data being compromised such as avoiding untrusted devices and content, networks and applications. In addition, he specifically noted that the fragmentation of network platforms are increasingly vulnerable to security breaches. Nayak also touched on the legal ramifications of ePrescribing. 

The topics that Nayak addressed during the mHealth Summit are those he is familiar discussing. As head of Physician Technology Sales for the Care360 team, the suite of healthcare IT solutions from Quest Diagnostics, he interacts with physicians from community practices and hospitals frequently. 

The Care360 Suite of Solutions includes Care360 EHR with Practice Management, Care360 EHR Data Exchange and ChartMaxx, the ‘Best in KLAS’* Document Management and Imaging (DMI) and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solution. For more information, visit Care360.com  

*Healthcare professionals have rated ChartMaxx, the enterprise-wide electronic patient record, as the top healthcare Document Management and Imaging (DMI) software product, according to the 2011 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services report. This is an independent ranking based on customer feedback on top healthcare information technology (HIT) vendors. ©2011 KLAS Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved. For more information, visit KLASresearch.com


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