Medical devices are ubiquitous. Many practices store devices in plain sight, but they often remain unnoticed and unsecured, which could result in a security or privacy breach if someone accesses patients’ data.
Even more alarming, newer products are more likely to include wireless connections so patient data can be automatically ingested into the electronic health record (EHR). Others connect directly to apps on tablets, smartphones and general-purpose laptop computers. Having electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) on various portable devices increases the risk of a data breach through unintended physical access or remotely via wireless networks.
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