Five Policies to Ensure Secure Medical Mobile Apps

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Free apps may function just as well as some apps that require a fee, but how do they do it? Advertisements. Including ads in a mobile app introduces another party to the transaction, and heightens the risk of hacks or data breaches. When you pay for an app, you are eliminating the need for third-party advertisers, thus eliminating a significant threat.

Health care professionals and patients alike are enjoying the convenience of mobile medical apps to share information and accelerate care, but at what risk? While mobile apps make sharing and accessing information easy, they also make the information more susceptible to a breach. 

Medical apps are becoming a fixture in the health care industry, predicted to grow to 500 million users by 2018 according to the FDA. The ease of use for professionals is undeniable, as are the security risks associated with PHI (personal health information) leaks. With millions of mobile hacks reported each year, it is imperative that health care organizations impose strict policies and guidelines for medical app use by their associates. Unregulated use of these apps can put organizations and care providers at risk of violating HIPAA regulations and exposing sensitive patient information.

Here are five tips for developing a secure medical mobile app policy, as identified by GlobalSCAPE, Inc., a provider of secure information exchange solutions.


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