Conversation with Dr. Ruchi Dass on mHealth, Part 3
As the Mobile Health Expo 2010 gets underway next week, we’ll feature experts on the topic of mobile health. This week, we continue our conversation with Dr. Ruchi Dass, mhealth champion and council member for the Gerson Lehrman Group, in the final post of a three-part series on mhealth. Dass has been involved in specific healthcare IT, e-learning and ICT projects for the public/private sector in India.
VPN Haus: What role will IPsec play in mobile health security?
Dr. Ruchi Dass: Two parties who wish to create an IPsec tunnel must first negotiate on a standard way to communicate. Since IPsec supports several modes of operation, both sides must first decide on the security policy and mode to use, which encryption al
Hospitals may or may not want partners or temporary remote employees to be part of their network. The network may only need to have a small portion of its traffic secure. Hospitals may not want to encrypt everything from the remote client to the corporate network. Also, scalability is a problem with IPsec. On the other side, SSL proxies enforce much stronger authentication methods than a back-end resource could ever support natively. Many Web servers today do not natively support authentication methods other than SSL.
I personally liked the NCP engineering’s software-based solution, for an enterprise-wide virtual private network (VPN). The best thing about NCP is high degree of integrational ability and interoperability that makes it possible for healthcare enterprises to deploy these software products in an already available IT infrastructure.