Smartphones increase trust among doctors; privacy concerns for patients

“The problems are common to all mobile devices: encryption at rest on the device and in transit, and whether data on lost or stolen devices can be easily accessed,” says Deborah Peel, founder Patient Privacy Rights.

Peel’s concerns should not be taken lightly, security and privacy cannot be an afterthought for any wireless health solution that includes personal health information. BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion’s Fraser Edward shared similar concernts to Peel’s during an interview with MobiHealthNews earlier this year. Edwards said that BlackBerry Enterprise Server tools enables the IT group in a care facility to enforce the passwords on a device, to ensure that the device’s external memory card is encrypted and to remotely wipe a device should it be lost.

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