Health Information Management

Manage privacy, security, and mobile devices. Really.

HIM-HIPAA Insider, March 13, 2012

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Mobile devices are here to stay-so now you have to manage the risks.

"Hang on a minute," you might be saying. "You mean there's a way to protect privacy and ensure security when it comes to staff members addicted to smartphones, tablets, and laptops?"
 
For the most part, yes. In fact, if staff are using these devices, privacy and security controls are pretty much required. "It is slowly dawning on organization leaders that not only can they, but they are required to by HIPAA," says Kate Borten, CISSP, CISM, president of The Marblehead Group, a healthcare privacy and security consultancy in Marblehead, MA. "You can't stop the adoption. We wouldn't want to stop the adoption of mobile technology. But there are obviously lots of privacy and security risks that come with the technology."
 
She explains that years ago, when smartphones and tablets were new, many hospitals put a moratorium on their use because they didn't have the tools to control them. "That's just not the case now," Borten says. "There are challenges for sure, and we don't have perfect controls. But there are definitely ways to control the risks, so organizations need to get busy."
 
Editor’s note: Read the entire article in the March issue of Medical Records Briefing.



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