Wondering what the most-discussed health care IT topics were in 2011â€”and what they’ll likely be in 2012? ID Experts compiled expert opinions and found them to be much the same: mobile devices, patient privacy rights, and data breaches. Below are several of the items from ID Expertsâ€™ top 10 list, and additional items and details are available here.
- Mobile devices could create problems due to data breach risksâ€”because while 81 percent of health care providers use mobile devices to collect, store, and transmit secure information, only 49 percent secure the devices.
- Class-action lawsuits will rise as patients sue health care providers for failing to secure their personal information, creating significant risks and increasing costs for organizations affected by these lawsuits.
- As more health care providers use social media, the exposure of personal information will increase, forcing health care providers to develop social media plans to prevent employees exposing patient information through personal social networking sites.
- Economic realities will force health care providers to outsource many functions including billing to third parties and business associates, and that will create weak links in data privacy and security.
- The use of mobile devicesâ€”tablets and smartphonesâ€”will continue to grow in the industry, meaning health care providers will need to balance usability with security.