Mobile Enterprise Compliance for Healthcare: a Case Study

ATLANTA, Nov. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- iPhones, iPads and other smartphone and tablet devices are being unleashed in the healthcare sector in staggering numbers.

The problem: How does IT adhere to HIPAA compliance guidelines and control and manage their mobile enterprise? The prevailing legislation proscribes civil, criminal and regulatory violations if privacy is not protected and these devices are not truly secure.

Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), the largest not-for-profit organization of its kind in the world with over 12,000 users, has faced this issue and provides a case study in the kind of thinking and analysis required.

Hundreds of custom healthcare apps help redefine modern healthcare services in their day-to-day business, connecting nurses, patients and countless healthcare facilities. But, healthcare organizations must also meet their privacy, security and compliance obligations.

After careful consideration of a variety of companies who claim their products provide both security and full compliance, Larry Whitehead (CISO) of VNSNY found that only Mobile Active Defense's (M.A.D.) Mobile Enterprise Compliance and Security (MECS) Server Solution met his needs.

M.A.D.'s solution truly delivers the controls and management promised and needed to assure that all their mobile devices were both secure and compliant. "What we found was that while other solutions claimed that they secured the phones, they were really just providing simple management features," said Whitehead.

Rob Smith, CTO of M.A.D., goes on to say that most vendors offer you the perception of control without actually giving it to you by developing their own sandbox. "However, once you close the sandbox, you are not protected. This is simply not good enough as you must protect the entire beachhead and not just a small sandbox!"

For a copy of the full case study interview with Visiting Nurse Service of New York's Mr. Whitehead, contact Jackie Baumann at 941-266-3819 or [email protected].

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