Securing PDAs in the Healthcare Environment

ABSTRACT

Wireless networks have become a key element in healthcare institutions for streamlining access to clinical information. With the advent of wireless technology, handheld devices such as PDAs, pagers and Pocket PCs are now deployed into modern hospital systems. However, integrating confidential data and wireless technology introduces significant risk and increases the potential threat to sensitive medical information. This paper investigates the fundamental concepts required to understand PDA security issues in the health sector. It examines the various risk and threat issues, the security measures needed to secure PDA use, and the appropriate security infrastructure for healthcare settings.


AUTHORS

School of Computer and Information Science, Edith Cowan University
Western Australia

Emiko Terado has received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Edith Cowan University and Master of Internet Computing. She is currently working on virtual medical information resources and has a keen interest in the security of health information.

School of Computer and Information Science, Edith Cowan University
Western Australia

Patricia Williams is a lecturer in the School of Computer and Information Science at Edith Cowan University where she lectures in networking, medical informatics and decision support systems. Trish has a background in medical computing and networking, and a keen interest in electronic information use. Trish is also undertaking her PhD in the use of electronic information and medical decision making.

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