Health Information Management

Don’t let inadequate security be your downfall

HIM-HIPAA Insider, September 10, 2012

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Mobile devices, thumb drives, smartphones, external hard drives, tablets, and laptop computers are creating risks for PHI exposure.

These mobile devices are increasingly exposing PHI, with the risk of privacy incidents increasing, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Security threats against mobile devices include introduction of spyware and other malicious software, loss of treatment records or test results, and theft of patient data, according to the DHS report "Attack Surface: Healthcare and Public Health Sector." It states: "Since wireless medical devices are now connected to medical networks, information technology networks are now remotely accessible through the medical device."
The rapid adoption of electronic health records is also accelerating the use of mobile devices in healthcare.
Because staff can move, process, and share patient data on personal cell phones and tiny USB flash drives, the "bring your own device" (BYOD) phenomenon is posing new challenges for healthcare organizations.
How can you help reduce privacy incidents that are the result of mobile risks?
Experts who work in legal, data breach prevention, technology, healthcare IT, and security offer 13 recommendations for consideration by your healthcare organization.
Purchase the rest of this story, which appeared in the September edition of Briefings on HIPAA.

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