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Workarounds in Healthcare, a Risky Trend

Workarounds in Healthcare, a Risky Trend

When healthcare workers bring their own laptop computers, tablets and smartphone devices to work, and use them to perform workarounds – a way to bypass an organization’s systems and processes to accomplish an activity – the likelihood that patient data privacy and security may be compromised is increased significantly. This is further exacerbated by healthcare worker use of powerful collaboration apps, social media and texting, and builds upon old risks of USB keys and personal email. Even though the use of workarounds poses serious implications for managing data security, a majority of healthcare workers use this practice anyway, according to a new international survey of healthcare workers.

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