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New Tool to Protect Health Privacy on Mobile Devices at HHS

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Health records are open to potential risks when health care providers and organizations use laptops, tablets, and smartphones to view or update patient records. However, research shows Exit Disclaimer that only 44% of survey respondents and surveyed organizations encrypt the data on their mobile devices. And according to a recent study, less than half of the surveyed health care organizations discuss ways to protect mobile devices in privacy training.

Worried About Using a Mobile Device for
Work? Here's What to Do

To address the issue of data security in an increasingly mobile digital environment, HHS launched HealthIT.gov, which provides guidance and support to protect health information. Called “Your Mobile Device and Health Information Privacy and Security,” this site provides:

  • Resources such as videos, fact sheets, and downloadable posters to educate health care providers and organizations about protecting and securing health information against potential risks
  • Frequently asked questions that offer solutions to common issues, including how to respond when a mobile device is stolen and safeguarding health information while using public wifi
  • Actions health care providers and organizations can take to determine their mobile device security needs and develop and implement appropriate device policies and procedures

Through education and simple measures health care providers and organizations can greatly reduce the risk to health information.

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Submitted by Jean on
With regards to texting PHI what does a health organization need to do to make sure they are compliant with patient privacy legislation.
Submitted by Chris, Digital Communications Division/HHS on
@Michael: The HIPAA Security requirements are found here: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/administrative/securityrule. Strategies and tools for securing protected health information on mobile devices may be found here: http://www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/your-mobile-device-and-health-information-privacy-and-security
Submitted by Michael on
Can you tell me exactly where I can find the defined HIPPA requirements for securing health information resident on a mobile device