Wireless Security in Healthcare: Improving care while protecting patient data

Tablets and smartphones are becoming increasingly popular among clinicians and nurses. Mobile devices improve efficiency and accuracy, contributing to increased patient safety as well a better overall patient experience. On the downside, wireless technology exposes healthcare organizations to new data security threats that urgently need attention.

Compliance with government regulations

Columbitech’s mobile VPN solution addresses many of the challenges that hospitals and other healthcare organizations face in order to mitigate risk and comply with government and industry regulations such as the Healthcare Insurance Portability Act (HIPAA) and the HIGHTRUST Common Security Framework (CSF).

Mobile access from any type of device

Columbitech Mobile VPN allows healthcare workers to securely access all of their critical applications and databases directly from a tablet or smartphone device. It gives them mobile access to telehealth services, electronic medical records, lab results, video monitoring, and digital image analysis tools (PACS) without jeopardizing the confidentiality of the information or exposing the systems to a breach.

Unlike most competing VPN solutions, the Columbitech Mobile VPN can be deployed to protect multiple platforms, including Apple iOS, Android and Windows Mobile.

Healthcare VPN Usage

Identity management

Supports two/multi-factor authentication to ensure that only authorized users can access patient records and other sensitive information. The VPN login credentials can be seamlessly integrated with existing authentication methods.

Data Encryption

Columbitech Mobile VPN is FIPS 140-2 validated and provides end-to-end encryption of all data, using up to 256-bit encryption. This ensures that data is kept confidential and does not end up in the wrong hands.

Application persistence

Provides a persistent connection with seamless roaming across Wi-Fi and cellular networks. Mobile users, moving around the hospital or outside of the hospital campus, can continue to work as normal during temporary coverage gaps and when the device roams from one network to another.

Optimized performance

Advanced data compression provides up to 100 percent faster throughput, optimizing the performance of web based healthcare applications while reducing the overhead cost.

Central management and policy control

Tools for central management and policy control enable efficient administration of all mobile clients. A reporting tool tracks all access attempts. Reports can be generated on demand to demonstrate compliance with government regulations.

Multi-platform support

Columbitech Mobile VPN can be deployed to protect multiple platforms, including Apple iOS, Android and Windows Mobile.