We live in a digital world. From the moment we wake up we reach for our devices, whether that’s our iPhone, iPad or Computer. It’s built into our lives, to a point where we don’t even think about it. First thing in the morning I check the weather forecast, find out my schedule for the day, fire off a few emails and catch up on the latest news – all from my iPhone. Digital apps are also a fast growing industry with over 165,000 health apps to choose from. At the touch of a button people can manage their health and track their progress from the comfort of their home. As health professionals we need to be aware of the apps our patients are using and equip ourselves with our own tool box so we can provide the most up to date care. By working in partnership with healthAlliance and the Northern Regional DHBs we now have an opportunity to truly revolutionise healthcare in meaningful new ways.
As we embrace the digital age, security breaches will become an increasing reality so we need to ensure we put the right controls in place. Mobile devices such as iPhones or tablets are easy to lose and come with the usual security concerns with regard to data stored on them. This becomes even more critical when we’re talking about sensitive health information stored in email for example. Robust security is something we must put in place before the wider use of mobile devices and applications in our environment become more prevalent. The new Secure Hub platform makes it possible for us to do the right things and protect our information. It also enables healthAlliance to wipe clean a device which is reported lost or stolen and gives me confidence that we have done everything in our power to protect patient privacy.
That’s why we’re taking part in the roll out of the Northern Region Mobility Platform – Secure Hub by Citrix. This platform will support CM Health’s plan to securely increase the use of mobile devices and apps over the next few years.
If you do use your DHB issued or personal device for work emails and you received an email invitation please follow the instructions and enrol.
I recently enrolled my mobile device and have started using the new email app which combines email, calendar and contacts into one app. In addition I am now using the Secure Web app to access SouthNET. I do acknowledge that some staff have asked questions about how we will protect your privacy once enrolled. While enrolling onto this platform does require users to allow the administrator (in this case healthAlliance) to manage the device, I can assure you information collected about the device is handled responsibly and is not shared.
While it will take me a little while to get used to the new look app, enrollment was a fairly straight forward process and I encourage everyone who receives the invite to give it a go and enrol before the end of April.