Five Ways to Securely and Efficiently Share Medical Records

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Doctors, nurses and other clinicians face immense pressure every day, and won't stand for any policy that holds them back from doing their jobs quickly. For IT, that means understanding the environment in which care providers operate. That is, care providers often need to contact and share information with patients while outside of the organization's secure and managed infrastructure, perhaps while at home or on the road. The task for IT is to make sure that all policies enable productivity and provide tools that cater to the on-demand needs of today's health care worker.

Care providers face an urgent, internal battle every day: security and compliance versus productivity and service. For most health care organizations, the fight is an easy one. Providing quick, high-quality care wins almost every single time.

Much to the dismay of health care IT, though, this often leads medical professionals to circumvent established policies and choose faster, more convenient — and usually less secure — methods of moving and sharing patient records and sensitive information. In fact, according to a 2013 report released by The Open Security Foundation, more than 2,600 health care data breaches occurred in 2012, exposing 267 million-plus records. While these breaches cannot all be directly linked back to the security versus productivity dilemma, they highlight the need for change.

Here are five ways, identified by GlobalSCAPE, Inc., a leading provider of secure, information exchange solutions, that medical IT professionals can better partner with their team of providers to guarantee that care, speed, security, and compliance all remain priorities.


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