There’s a good article in the Wall Street Journal about mobile technology and how it’s being used in healthcare. Of note, Blackberry is still leading leading the iPhone when it comes to physicians with smart phones at a tune of 37% to 27%.
The article goes on to explain how how Apple has embraced the medical community and developers who write medical applications. Security was talked about as well: WSJ:
It is security — and the rise of smart phones in medicine — that worries Deborah Peel, a physician and founder of the advocacy group Patient Privacy Rights. The more ways doctors can access their patients’ records, the greater the threat to confidentiality, Ms. Peel says.
The vast majority of health information technology has not been designed to ensure that patients control access to that data and use of that data," she says.
Medical-application developers say their programs are compliant with federal law for protecting health information.
Related to this security, there is another article from InformationWeek giving some knowledge about security measures when it comes to healthcare records.
Continue on to read the rest of the story.
The AllOne Mobile application’s security measures are explained some in the article. AllOne Mobile is the platform being tried out by Blue Cross.
The following is a piece of the InformationWeek article:
Data stored on the smartphone is encrypted for security, and requires a password to access. The application generates a one-time password that has to match with a password on the server to unlock the app. Low-bandwidth data, such as immunization and allergy records, is stored on the client, more data-intensive information, such as X-Rays or scans, are stored on the server.
Its a typical IT architecture where there’s some information stored in the cloud that synchs up with information on the phone. It doesn’t synch all the data on the phone," Palin said.
Here is a piece of their security explanation on their website:
The same proven technology used by the military and in international banking protects AllOne Mobile’s users by securing their information behind a soft-token, dual-authentication protected channel. The state-of-the-art mobile security is made possible through AllOne’s partnership with Diversinet, a leading provider of wireless security applications. Our technology provides users with the peace of mind that even if they lose their phone or password, it will not result in a breach of security