Mobile health applications, security gaining in popularity

July 1st, 2014

As the world becomes increasingly reliant on mobile technology, not only are smartphones and tablets used for personal reasons, but these devices have now become an integral part of business functions as well. For this reason, dental hygiene academic software that incorporates mobile technology is beneficial  for any university clinic looking to increase efficiency and improve patient care.

mobile devices in clinical practice is gaining popularity with health care providers all over the world. A recent survey of more than 3,000 medical professionals conducted by Manhattan Research revealed that in the last 12 months, more than one-third recommended that their patients use mobile health applications. Additionally, 47 percent of physicians had used a smartphone to communicate with patients using pictures and other digital imagery.

"There's a perception out there that the shift in focus to population health isn't yet on physicians' [radars]," Monique Levy, Manhattan Research's vice president of research, said via press release. "This data shows physicians are thinking about patient outcomes and indicates an opportunity for companies that can provide them digital tools to help them meet their targets."

Making sure mobile data is protected
It's clear that there are many advantages to using mobile in the health care sector, but securing sensitive and private data is a must for any clinic electing to use these tools, especially when it comes to patient records.

As a result, security measures and best practices must be undertaken to insure patient information is protected and not vulnerable to a data breach of any kind. A recent article from Information Week outlined a number of best practices for addressing mobile security.

One of these is instituting a remote wipe or lock feature in the event that a smartphone or tablet is accessed by an unauthorized user. Another solution is the integration of passwords on each device that are only known by those who use them. Finally, using data encryption when transmitting information from mobile can be helpful in protecting valuable information

There are a number of advantages to using mobile technology in conjunction with dental hygiene academic software. If you would like to learn more, please be sure to sign up for our free webinar on July 10.

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