‘IT Deserves More of The Budget’: The Future of Mobility in Healthcare

Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt
Posted: 06/13/2017
EME Healthcare

When a single HIPAA fine can cost a healthcare company $1.1 million, why wouldn’t the enterprise want to better protect its data and give the IT department the resources necessary to have better security posture?

That was a driving point of the opening keynote session from Rebecca Wynn, CISO of Matrix Medical Network at the Enterprise Mobility Exchange: Healthcare event on Monday, June 12 in San Antonio, Texas.

Wynn kicked off the day with a look at the security needs in the regulation-heavy healthcare industry. Compared to the financial services and retail industries, healthcare is behind the curve when it comes to security processes and protocols. And when a breach does occur – with medical records fetching as much as $1,200 on the dark web – the trickle-down effect can be long lasting and damaging to the company when considering the cost of remediation and reputation management.

Wynn said that on average the IT side of the business is allocated about 5% of the enterprise budget, and that's just not enough. "If the enterprise wants to remain secure, IT deserves more of the budget," she said.

Chaired by VDC Research Executive Vice President David Krebs, the event’s first day spanned a range of healthcare technology, with Houston Methodist Hospital’s Manager of Application Development Danny Acuna showcasing his enterprise’s ground-up approach to building patient-focused apps to help better navigate the hospital’s campus and locate a networked clinician from their smartphone.

The day was sprinkled with interactive think tank sessions and business networking meetings where attendees were able to speak one-on-one with the event’s sponsors, including IBM Maas360; LenovoHealth; Verizon; MobileIron; and Hypori.

Sparking a discussion around the next generation of authentication, Aetna’s Director of Global Security Innovation Brian Heemsoth shared the new wave of continuous authentication and its impact on how users will have access to mobile accounts in healthcare while avoiding fraud and being hacked.

Heemsoth explained to the audience there were 3 billion credentials compromised in 2016, with 39% of adults admitting to using the same password for multiple accounts, which leads to more intrusion and easier access for criminals. One of the biggest issues for hacking in healthcare is coming to HSAs, or healthcare spending accounts, Heemsoth said, as many users aren’t paying attention to what is essentially a lightly used savings account that continues to accumulate funds.

The final speaking session of the day came from Jason Elrod, Chief Information Security Architect at Sutter Health, who dove in to the needs of baking in privacy and security from the beginning of implementing initiatives, specifically in an “ever more mobile world.”

Diversity amongst the day’s speakers was clear and gave varying insights into the security, development, business intelligence and next generation of technology in healthcare. Day two is a continuation of case studies, analyst sessions and executive panels highlighting mobility in healthcare technology. 

Enterprise Mobility Exchange’s next event, Security East, will focus specifically on mobile security in the enterprise during a two-day session in Miami from October 10 to 11. Attending the event will be c-level executives from the government, financial services, higher education, healthcare, and manufacturing industries. Dozens of delegates and onsite solution providers will gather to network, benchmark, share challenges and best practices. To find out more about the event, go the website here

Jason Koestenblatt
Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt