Clinical mobility and security on tap for mHealth Summit

November 1, 2014 in Medical Technology

While consumer-facing mobile apps garner much of the spotlight, mHealth devices, hardware and software are all starting to gain purchase within hospitals. 

“The technology is proliferating, the price points are making technologies much more viable either as a consumer product or a clearer return on investment for payers and providers that use them in conjunction with patient care,” said Steve Savas, managing director of clinical services at Accenture. “That’s the real inflection point that’s happening.”

Take Intermountain Healthcare, for instance. The health network has 71 mobile and telehealth projects underway, including a gyrometer and even a smartwatch issued to patients, not to mention social networking apps for Facebook, Twitter and Yammer — which Chief Information Security Officer Karl West said the hospital uses to communicate with patients. 

As with many providers, such a range of new technologies invariably opens up a host of security issues and risks.

“When we ask CIOs and other healthcare privacy and security professionals what their biggest concern is, mobile is often the first word out of their mouths,” said Mike Moran, program director for the Privacy Security Symposium. “And it’s not just BYOD. It’s mobile apps, sensors and wearables, malware and medical devices, clinicians devising clever workarounds … the list goes on.”

The Healthcare IT News Privacy Security Symposium is one of two new key additions to this year’s mHealth Summit, running from Dec. 7-11 near Washington, D.C; the other is the Clinical Mobility Forum, also sponsored by mHealth News sister site Healthcare IT News

“The Clinical Mobility Forum is focused on how mHealth is impacting providers in terms of workflow, efficiencies and patient outcomes, and how hospitals and health systems are adapting to, succeeding and adjusting strategy to plan for mobility,” said mHealth Summit program director Janna Guinen. 

Attendees to both day-long events will learn about best practices, successes and challenges related to planning for and implementing mobility and security at all levels, from program development and rollout, to strategic planning for the enterprise and onboarding new technologies.

West is scheduled to open the Privacy and Security Symposium on Sunday, Dec. 7, with a keynote address titled “Enabling Mobile Healthcare: Privacy Security in an Era of Accelerating Change.”

“If we’re going to embrace this mobile world,” he said, “the way to do it is to find ways to enable, monitor, audit, control and put protections around the health data that is so vital.”

West will kick off the day by discussing Intermountain’s comprehensive architecture and methodologies for securing mobile apps and devices as well as social networking tools.

Among the highlights at the Clinical Mobility Forum, which takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 9, will be an open mic session featuring Ricky Bloomfield, MD, director of mobile technology strategy at Duke Medicine, and Richard Milani, MD, chief clinical transformation officer at the Ochsner Health System — two of the first networks to link their electronic health records software to Apple’s HealthKit.

Register for the mHealth Summit 2014 here

This story originally appeared on Healthcare IT News sister site mHealth News.

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