From peeking at Brittany Spears medical records to the theft of almost five million medical records from a tape back-up, no healthcare issue garners more adverse publicity, or passion, than violations of patient privacy. While you might expect that since the institution of HIPAA and quarter million dollar fines that this is relatively uncommon now, you would be wrong. A stunning incidence of nearly 18 million breaches of privacy has occurred over the past two years according to a recent report from ANSI, the American National Standards Institute. That is equivalent to the population of the states of Florida or New York.
As the world moves towards adoption of Electronic Health Records and Health Information Exchanges, concern for the vulnerability of private health information is escalating as the scale of these data breaches reach epic proportions. A West Coast health care system experienced the theft of electronic health information for 4 million of its patients. And another major academic medical center inadvertently disclosed the electronic health records of 20,000 of its patients. The risks are real and global. And they leave an organization – any organization – subject to severe legal and financial damage, not to mention the damage to their reputation. None of these organizations were cavalier about their security compliance. But let’s face it, the workforce is larger and more mobile. The data is more prolific and ubiquitous and takes on many different forms. And the thieves are getting more sophisticated.
But so are the solutions. In the past, it was necessary to balance mobility with security-the more mobile, the less secure. Not anymore. Cisco’s AnyConnect combines industry-leading Cisco cloud and premises-based web security and next generation remote access technology to deliver the most robust and secure enterprise mobility solution on the market today.
AnyConnect enables users to easily and securely access the applications and information they need to do their jobs using their mobile device of choice, including iPhones and laptops. AnyConnect can also protect against accessing band-width hogs such as streaming video and music that can grind down your network. It protects your sensitive patient data all while keeping malware out. For example, deployment of AnyConnect could be used to wipe out the hard drive of the stolen laptop remotely so that no patient info could be compromised. AnyConnect’s broad protocol support and authentication methods give healthcare organizations intelligent, simple, always-on connectivity to support its complex systems and mobile workforce effectively, safely and intelligently.
If you want the freedom of mobility coupled with comprehensive security wrapped in unrivaled simplicity, learn how your organization can become more secure while preserving mobility with Cisco’s Any Connect.