Biometrics is well suited to protect mobile devices
Enjoyed reading this article Alison. The proliferation of apps, BYOD policies and other portals that rely on mobile access certainly has raised the stakes for healthcare facilities to tighten security policies and your coverage is excellent. One point I would like to make though is surprise that the mention of using biometrics to secure mobile devices wasn't featured in the article but passwords were highlighted instead. Reporting on the healthcare security industry as you do, I know you are aware of the bad press that passwords have received recently, and a collective industry cry to develop and implement more secure means of safeguarding mobile devices. Biometrics is certainly a viable alternative both to secure BYOD devices that have biometric ID functionality as well as the use of modalities like voice biometrics to verify patient identities prior to granting access to their PHI or any other type of sensitive information. In fact, hospitals can develop an identity "ecosystem" using biometrics that covers each and every mobile patient touchpoint and share that information throughout their IDN or EMPI to establish air tight identification security and comply with HIPAA laws. Recommending the use of stronger passwords isn't the answer to secure mobile access, the industry needs to move more towards modern ID technology that is more secure and significantly reduces the chances for fraud or ID theft. Passwords just simply aren't the answer.