GCN recently reported that the U.S. Army is investigating new possibilities for the Mobile Health Care Environment (MHCE) that it uses. According to the source, the Army currently depends upon this system for messages between patients, providers and the system, and is looking for mobile support that will keep content secure on mobile devices while incorporating commercial software. It also wants to be able to include technology outside of the standard devices, including home biosensors.
Ensuring a security environment for health data can seem like a tall order in any network, and given the security needs of any government organization, the need for informed and experienced regulatory compliance consultants could be more obvious than usual. The source said that the Army wants responses to its software inquiries by Wednesday, June 24.
In an article for HealthITSecurity from earlier this month, Bill Kleyman refers to the future of mobile health security, based on a four-year forecast from Cisco.
"Mobility security will revolve directly around infrastructure intelligence," Kleyman writes. "Simply put, with so much information flowing through the modern healthcare architecture, there simply will have to be smarter ways to control traffic flow throughout a data center. This means creating a lot of policies scanning for malicious traffic and data leaks continuously."
While the types of technology government healthcare networks utilize may change, every effort needs to conform to government regulations as managers look to control risk. Although moving into mobile or expanding an existing mobile environment may be demanding, performing a skilled assessment will give stakeholders the data they need to make better decisions in the future. Selecting the right compliance support will allow health system managers to ensure their plan for improvement is based on the most urgent healthcare IT consulting projects.