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Tech Term - Penetration Testing

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TechTerm.pngPenetration Testing

Definition: The portion of security testing in which the evaluators attempt to circumvent the security features of a system.

The evaluators may be assumed to use all system design and implementation documentation, that may include listings of system source code, manuals, and circuit diagrams. The evaluators work under the same constraints applied to ordinary users.


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Tech Term - Automated Information System

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Automated Information System (AIS)

Definition: Any equipment of an interconnected system or subsystems of equipment that is used in the automatic acquisition, storage, manipulation, control, display, transmission, or reception of data and includes software, firmware, and hardware.

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Privacy and Security: Top Issue in Patients Adopting to mHealth

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A recent report by research2guidance estimates that mHealth services will reach some 500 million users by 2010. 

But there is a difference between "reaching" all smartphone users and actually having them "use" the tens-of-thousands of applications currently available. 

Currently, only about nine percent of adult mobile device users actually use a health care application.  This number is expected to increase substantially as the mobile generation looks to do more things while on the go.

That same report highlights the largest barrier to adoption is privacy - how do people know that their personal health information is not out there for everyone to see and use. 

More than 50 percent of those surveyed said they were very or somewhat uncomfortable with sharing this information through a mobile application.

As you can imagine, most people will download free applications that are fun to have or provide general information on health care.

For example, applications like iTriage offer information on symptoms, diseases and medical procedures as well as a nationwide directory of hospitals, urgent care facilities, retail clinics, pharmacies and physicians.  Good information to have, but nothing that requires extreme security or privacy.

On the other hand, having sensitive information on illnesses, prescriptions, surgeries, lab test results and other personal data flying through the air among doctors, hospitals, insurers, etc. is a concern to everyone.

Most folks throughout the health care ecosystem believe mHealth will enhance the quality of service and lower costs for patients, understanding, but how companies go about securing the information is paramount for acceptance by patients.

People are just now getting comfortable with online privacy, and moving that same perception to the mobile device might take some time.  As long as there is a guarantee of security, and the benefits are simply spelled out, adoption will happen.

While
Euro RSCG Worldwide predicts nearly 45 percent of smartphone users said they will use a health care application in the future, it would be interesting to know what percentage of those involved sharing personal information.

Companies and government agencies throughout the mHealth ecosystem need to reassure people that their personal health information is safer than keeping money in the bank. 

mHealth can provide a cure for what's ailing health care, and with the proper education, patients will begin feeling good about using mobile applications.

In the coming weeks, I'll address some of the specific initiatives and systems companies and agencies are using to protect and secure the private health care information of patients.

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