Securing mobile health records remains a significant challenge
Fewer enterprise technologies are growing more rapidly than mobile health (mHealth) software and devices. Healthcare organizations are investing heavily in their mobile devices and applications, a market that will grow from its current size of $10 billion to $31 billion by the year 2020, according to market research firm Research 2 Guidance. Healthcare organizations hope that mHealth will enable their front-line providers to have the access to the information they need wherever they may need it.
Criminals have also taken notice. A quick search of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse data breach database finds that since 2005 there have been 1,889 healthcare data breaches that have been made public consisting of 421,885,347 medical records exposed. Ponemon Institute’s Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy & Security of Healthcare Data estimates that criminal attacks aimed at healthcare data have risen 125% since 2010.