Doctors are going mobile – 14% store patient data in unsecure mobile devices

The healthcare industry hasn’t avoided the wave of digitalisation brought by the advent of new technologies, and patient information now travels through mobile devices. A report compiled by Skycure discovered that 70% of doctors use mobile devices to manage in-patient data and four-fifths use them to assist day-to-day practice. Moreover, 74% of doctors use a multitude of devices in doing their job (phones, tablets and computers) and 28% store patient data on mobile devices.

The reversal of the medal

The digitalisation of information has brought a whole set of advantages to healthcare organisations and practices, from the reduction of administrative paperwork, to the easiness of updating databases, schedules and patient records. By going digital, however, a new threat has emerged: information can be easily stolen or lost, or sent to the wrong recipient.

Gateways to sensitive data

Mobile devices owned by healthcare industry and used to store patients’ data are one of the most desirable and easy targets for cyber criminals. They provide access to individuals’ sensitive information (including home address, health issues and medications) that can be easily sold for big money on the black market. And things are made easier when there is no passcode to protect them, which is why it’s worrying that 14% of mobile devices containing sensitive data are not appropriately secured.

Implement malware protection to secure your business

Consequences of a data breach can be disastrous for a small general practice and a large healthcare company alike. If news of the breach hit the headlines, the reputation is irredeemably damaged, resulting in plummeting customers and clients, and the departure of business partners and suppliers.

A first step to protect mobile devices is by installing malware protection to secure them against a broad range of malware (including computer viruses, worms, spyware, botnet software and ransomware). This procedure is one of the five security controls mandated by the Cyber Essentials scheme, the UK Government-backed certification that help companies prevent around 80% of cyber attacks. By correctly implementing the five security controls, organisations can improve their cyber security posture and gain business benefits that lead to more productivity.

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