The hospital risk manager in me is at it again! It has been wonderful to think through the emerging technologies and share the risks I see along with available solutions.
My latest contribution to a HealthcareIT News article almost seems to be an unintentional follow-up to my wildly popular post on Tablets in Healthcare. If you are an iPad user, especially those of you applying it to your work in healthcare, I urge you to review these 10 simple ways to secure and optimize your iPad:
- Use the password, auto-lock, and auto-erase functions smartly
- Limit access to confidential information to that on VPNs when in a public place or on unsecured networks and disable the Blue Tooth function after use
- Permanently mark or engrave your iPad to help with identification
- Consider cases with tethered locks
- Only download apps and open files from trusted sources
- Look for apps that take advantage of the iPad's native capability
- Consider GPS tracking technologies or apps to help locate a lost or stolen iPad
- Consider a mobile device management (MDM) solution for security and convenience
- Ensure any apps downloaded are optimized for an iPad
- Carry adapters for iPad to VGA and HDMI
It is all about protecting the patient's health information and securing the data we entrust to our providers!