Healthcare Institutions Increasingly Rely on Bradford Networks to Secure BYOD Initiatives

Posted by Tom Murphy on July 30th, 2012

Bradford’s Network Access Control Helps Hospitals Secure Mobile Devices and Achieve Regulatory Compliance as iPad Usage Increases

CAMBRIDGE, MA – July 30, 2012 – Bradford Networks, the best choice to enable secure network  access for corporate issued and personal mobile devices, today announced that more than 30 healthcare organizations have implemented its Network Sentry solution to address security issues fueled by the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon. Bradford Networks has emerged as the vendor of choice for healthcare organizations looking to strengthen security while gaining significant productivity benefits and achieving regulatory compliance.

A sampling of the company’s healthcare customers includes:

  • Columbia University Medical Center
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Methodist Health System
  • NHS Trust
  • Norwalk Hospital
  • Parkland Health & Hospital System
  • Royal Brompton Hospital
  • Sarasota Memorial Health Care System (SMH)
  • Southampton University Hospitals
  • Susquehanna Health
  • Union Hospital Health Group

Healthcare organizations face a set of unique challenges, needing to protect sensitive patient data and other highly confidential material, while delivering quality patient care and complying with industry regulations such as HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health). Additionally, with the push to move to electronic media records (EMR) and the proliferation of both personal devices and medical equipment on the network, hospitals are presented with a new set of challenges for managing and securing this information.

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a full-service health system with more than 4,000 employees and 1,000 volunteers that require network access. The organization selected Bradford’s Network Access Control (NAC) solution to provide quick, convenient and secure network access for hospital-owned iPads used by clinicians and other staff, while allowing guest access only for personal iPads and mobile devices.

“While iPads and other mobile devices are an important component to providing convenience and accessibility to clinicians and staff, this cannot come as the expense of security or compliance,” said John Bozer, director of information systems for Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. “A key part of our success is leveraging Bradford’s NAC solution. With Bradford, we are able to provide secure and convenient network access for personal devices while achieving compliance with industry regulations such as HIPAA and HITECH.”

Bradford’s Network Sentry NAC solution is the first network security offering that automatically identifies and profiles all devices and all users on a network, providing complete visibility and control. The platform features the first App that enables secure network access for trusted iPads, iPhones and other Apple devices, and can differentiate between corporate and personal assets, provisioning network access accordingly.  The solution also provisions, locates and tracks IP-enabled medical devices to ensure they remain secure, while securing guest and wireless networks to accommodate the increasing number of mobile devices used by administrators, clinicians, patients and visitors.

“While healthcare organizations are eager to realize the benefits of EMR and the convenience of personal devices on the network, they need to be able to ensure that patient records remain secure and compliance requirements are met,” said Tom Murphy, chief marketing officer, Bradford Networks. “Bradford’s solutions enable healthcare organizations to control and secure access to electronic health information, and provide a pathway for safely onboarding mobile devices to the network. We’re proud that hospitals are continuing to turn to Bradford to help them safeguard EMR and ensure regulatory compliance.”