Bayshore Home Health Selects WinMagic's SecureDoc Full-Disk Encryption To Protect Patient Data
Introducing "Point of Care" technology enhances patient treatment
Bayshore Home Health, Canada's largest provider of home and community health care services, is installing WinMagic's SecureDoc full-disk encryption software on all laptops and tablets used by the company, including those utilized by clinical managers and nurses.
ebizQ received the following:
"Clinical managers are critical to the patient care process as they are the
first to arrive at a patient's home," says Daniel Gallagher, Manager,
Infrastructure & Support for Bayshore Home Health. "Clinical managers
assess the services patients require and we knew that providing them with
technology at the point-of-care would improve efficiency and expedite
patient care. We also knew that before we could only allow them to utilize
tablets laptops in the field we had to be absolutely certain all data is
secure. We looked at other encryption technologies, but none could meet all
our criteria. Only WinMagic seamlessly integrated with our laptops and
tablets to provide the combination of ease of use, ease of management,
high-level security and local support we required."
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Bayshore's clinical managers' laptops will have WinMagic's SecureDoc
full-disk encryption installed when employees receive them. They will also
be issued a cellular AirCard which, when combined with mobile VPN software,
will provide simple, anytime, anywhere secure VPN tunnel access to central
information resources. The ability to enter and access data immediately
will enhance productivity by eliminating the need for field staff to return
to branch offices -- significantly expediting the delivery of patient care.
"SecureDoc installs in the background which means Bayshore's IT department
can set up the laptops while they are working on other projects," explains
Gallagher. "As the full-disk encryption software does not impact laptop
performance users are not inconvenienced in any way. This is vitally
important as the whole point of this project is to improve efficiency and
patient care. It makes sense to treat patients at home because not only do
people feel more comfortable in familiar surroundings, but it also saves on
expensive hospital care."
"It's great to think that SecureDoc is enabling Bayshore Home Health to
improve patient care," says Thi Nguyen-Huu, CEO of WinMagic Inc. "People
tend to think of encryption as nothing more than data protection, but once
information is secure organizations are free to focus on their core business," Nguyen-Huu continued. "Health care providers like Bayshore Home Health have selected SecureDoc because it meets strict data security requirements without distracting busy medical staff -- enabling them to concentrate on providing the best possible medical care."
Compatible with Microsoft Windows, Mac and Linux platforms, SecureDoc protects all data stored on servers, desktops, laptops and removable media, such as USB thumb drives and CD/DVDs. SecureDoc supports and manages hardware-encrypted disk drives such as the Seagate Momentus FDE and BlackArmorT drives, as well as the upcoming TCG "Opal" specification drive from leading drive manufacturers. This provides the flexibility to deploy any combination of hardware and software-based encryption -- or transition between the two -- with full transparency for users and a consistent management interface for administrators.
SecureDoc's enterprise-class "always-on" full-disk encryption simplifies the
deployment of any combination of sector-based full-disk encryption, file-and-folder encryption, container encryption and self-extractor encryption. This not only makes it easy for organizations to customize data protection to meet specific security protocols, but also "future-proofs" their investment in encryption. And, in the event that a password is forgotten, or if the user is not available, centralized escrow and management of encryption keys ensure critical data can still be accessed.