BYOD-Impact on Healthcare Information Security

Contributed by Brian Kyle Marek

This paper focuses on the impact of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) on Healthcare information security. The impacts of BYOD are many and the research presented covers such topics as regulatory compliance, including the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH,) which is a 19.2 billion dollar part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, which expands the Health Insurance Probability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, communication and storage of unencrypted protected health information, loss or theft of devices containing protected health information, and tracking and controlling access to the multitude of devices that are available. Another challenge discussed is the policies that are required to successfully implement BYOD in healthcare while not creating roadblocks for providers. This paper will also discuss basic software that is available to provide support to healthcare organizations utilizing BYOD.

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