Here's a look at five of the latest tablets with high-level security features for physicians.
More physicians are bringing their mobile devices to the workplace, and accessing patient data with them. Read "Beware Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)" to find out how to set rules to protect patient privacy.
The Dell Venue 11 Pro tablet, based on Windows 8.1, is a powerful, portable 10.8-inch device. The Venue 11 Pro's security specs meet stringent HIPAA compliance standards. Features include multi-factor biometric authentication for access to the devices (smartcard reader, fingerprint reader), and the ability to factory-install additional layers of encryption and authentication.
Apple's latest iPads, including the iPad 2 and iPad mini, run on iOS 7. The upgraded operating system comes with key security boosts, such as a tracking system that helps you locate your lost device, a feature called iCloud Keychain, meaning you no longer have to remember user names, passwords, and credit card information, and 256-bit AES encryption. Users can help block unauthorized access to their devices by setting a passcode; doing so automatically encrypts and protects your e-mail and third-party apps, according to Apple.
The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist, a convertible tablet that can transform into something that looks like a laptop, offers a number of security features, including an integrated fingerprint reader with authentication to BIOS, Intel anti-theft technology, a hardware password manager; a client-security layer that protects secure data and records; and other features to protect and encrypt information.
The latest Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 promises enterprise-grade security that allows users to protect and store proprietary documents and data on both the device and the microSD card with AES 256-bit on-device encryption. There's also a mobile device management feature that provides new, enhanced security options (including password protection and remote wiping).
The beefy Panasonic Toughbook H2 is loaded with built-in security features, including password-protected security hardware, a fingerprint reader, a contactless smartcard reader, a Computrace theft-protection agent, a Kensington cable lock slot (on an optional cradle), and Intel anti-theft technology. In addition, the H2 is physically secure, with a fanless magnesium alloy chassis encased in polycarbonate, certified to withstand drop, shock, vibration, rain, dust, sand, altitude, freeze/thaw, high/low temperature, temperature shock, and humidity.