Healthcare workers are being empowered by several key trends. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), also known as consumer IT, is widely believed to be the future of IT. Social media and social networking are also empowering healthcare workers with new ways to collaborate. These trends deliver powerful tools include personal smartphones and tablets with a myriad of powerful apps, several social media platforms and tools, file transfer services, personal email, USB sticks, and many others.
While powerful tools, these alternatives also bring many privacy and security risks, and may not be in compliance with the privacy and security policy of the healthcare organization. If security safeguards deployed on healthcare systems, such as slow encryption or cumbersome 2-factor authentication, impede healthcare workers and their ability to deliver great patient care, then healthcare workers may be compelled to use one or more of these alternatives, which may in turn lead to non-compliance issues and additional risk. Securing healthcare systems with safeguards that are strong but also enable a great user experience is increasingly important going forward, as powerful but risky alternatives grow. Security must be performant, robust, usable and cost effective for end user acceptance, improved compliance and lower risk.
Intel provides hardware assisted security that improves security solutions by accelerating them, hardening them, making them more usable, and/or reducing cost. McAfee provides several security solutions for healthcare that are tightly vertically integrated with Intel hardware assisted security to provide strong security solutions with a great user experience, enabling improved healthcare worker compliance and lower risk to the healthcare organization. These security solutions enable healthcare to safely embrace trends such as migration to EHRs (Electronic Health Records), HIE (Health Information Exchange), mHealth (Mobile Health), and Personalized Health and Personalized Medicine, benefitting from them while minimizing risk of security incidents such as breaches.
Read more in the whitepaper Healthcare Security: User Experience, Compliance and Risk about the importance of healthcare user experience with security, how it can impact compliance and risk, and innovative integrated solutions from McAfee and Intel that deliver strong security with a great user experience.
For more information about what you will learn when you read the whitepaper, and to hear some examples of health IT security workarounds to watch out for, take a look at the video below and listen to the podcast I did with Raj Samani, vice president and chief technology officer, EMEA, at McAfee.
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