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HIMSS Survey: Potential Data Breaches Rank as Highest Barrier to mHealth Adoption

March 13, 2014
by Rajiv Leventhal
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Healthcare IT professionals’ greatest concern around mobile health technologies is the potential of a data breach, according to a recent survey of HIMSS14 attendees.

The survey, conducted by the Phoenix, Az.-based software company Axway, found that 45 percent of individuals surveyed believe the greatest barrier to mHealthHealthHhh adoption is the risk of a data breach, followed by meeting regulatory and compliance requirements for the privacy and security of patient data. The Axway poll was conducted at HIMSS14 annual conference in Orlando, Fla., and includes responses from 39 healthcare IT and business professionals. The results demonstrate the rising trend of mobile health services and reflect growing concerns of healthcare professionals on the risks associated with new services.

Other key findings include:

  • 44 percent of those surveyed believe the integration of disparate health IT systems is the most challenging IT issue facing healthcare organizations
  • 53 percent believe that improved access to healthcare information is the most important benefit driving mobile health adoption
  • 38 percent believe that the widespread adoption of mobile health services is one to three years away, and nearly 90 percent believe it will occur within five years.

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