How Windows 10 Balances Healthcare IT Security, Innovation and Usability

November 15, 2016 | Post by Charley Ballmer | 0 Comments
Windows 10 for Healhcare IT

Healthcare professionals are enthusiastically embracing the promise of clinical mobility: providing the best possible medical care as they move seamlessly through their practice, across multiple computing devices. At the same time, CIOs are presented with the challenge not only of deploying and managing new technology, but also evolving security to match the nature and sophistication of threats.

With the release of Windows 10 at the same time as the latest generation of Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors, IT professionals in healthcare should be asking themselves: is there a compelling business case for upgrading now?

In fact, there are a couple of them – the ever-present need for greater security, and the end-user demand for a seamless mobile experience.

The security case for a technology refresh

Healthcare breaches have accelerated in frequency and impact: the average cost per breach in 2013 was estimated at US $3.5 million, and $359 per patient record breach. What’s more, patient data is more exposed to attack than ever, owing to the increasing use of electronic health records, mobile apps, wearable health devices, social media, and other connected technologies. Surprisingly, medical data can be up to 20 times more valuable than credit card numbers to hackers, who might use it to glean bank information or commit prescription drug fraud.

Ultimately, the critical factor comes down to a single word: compliance. Healthcare providers are mandated by regulatory requirements such as HIPAA to maintain effective security protocols to protect patient privacy and confidentiality. Those who do not can face substantial penalties for noncompliance. If your IT infrastructure is at least 4 years old, that reality alone should argue strongly in favor of an upgrade to Windows 10 on Intel architecture.

Stepping up to the challenge of maintaining security in a healthcare environment, new devices based on Intel® architecture and running Windows 10 offer an array of features to control access and verify user identities. For example, Windows Hello replaces passwords with biometrics built into the OS, while UEFI Secure Boot prevents malware from interfering with the boot process.

The mobility case for a technology refresh

A central feature of Windows 10 is that it enables seamless mobility: its core OS runs across a range of devices, from tablets to laptops to flexible 2 in 1s to desktops. With Continuum, the Windows 10 user interface adapts to whichever device is currently in use for a consistent mobile experience. To simplify the job of IT, these latest devices powered by Intel Core processors can also be easily managed across all form factors.

By using this device selector tool, healthcare professionals can determine the best form factor for the way they work, delivering on the promise of clinical mobility – all securely managed, all seamlessly delivered

  • Clinicians can be instantly connected to their devices and patient records without having to manage passwords.
  • Physicians are no longer tethered to the desktop – using flexible 2 in 1 devices, they can input patient stats and access records on the fly.
  • Diagnosticians can run powerful applications in real time to speed the healthcare delivery process.
  • Physicians and other on-the-go care providers can input data on a tablet as they make their patient rounds, and then access that information seamlessly on a laptop or desktop PC to write more detailed patient reports, and then call up their office calendar via smart phone to note their next appointment.

Healthcare presents a special challenge to IT for its complex workflows and stringent security demands, and those challenges only become greater over time. Now is an opportune moment to get in front of that challenge with the release of Windows 10, for unified performance across a range of flexible form factors and powered by the latest Intel Core processors.

The content and opinions posted on this blog and any corresponding comments are the personal opinions of the original authors, not those of CompuCom.

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    Charley Ballmer

    Charley Ballmer is a Solution Architect with 24 years of experience in the assessment, design and implementation of high-end technology solutions. Charley is involved in enterprise and mid-market consulting services with a focus on Microsoft Cloud and on-premise infrastructures.  This has included extensive involvement in Fortune 500 desktop migrations, server clustering and consolidation, business continuity, unified messaging and communication, desktop optimization and security engagements.

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