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Use mobile devices without increasing risk

HIM-HIPAA Insider, November 3, 2014

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Mobile devices have changed the way people share and access information in their personal and professional lives. Smartphones and tablets may make it easier and faster for people to communicate, store, and access information, but they present risks if lost, stolen, or hacked. This can be especially challenging in the healthcare industry as it has become common for providers to use various mobile tools, including smartphones, laptops, notebooks, tablets, phablets, personal digital assistants, USB devices, digital cameras, and radiofrequency identification devices, to communicate with colleagues and access applications.

"Many organizations have plunged into the use of mobile devices without having strategy, policy, standards, or a business plan in place," says Phyllis A. Patrick, MBA, FACHE, CHC, CISM, founder of Phyllis A. Patrick & Associates, LLC, in Purchase, New York. "It is not too late to catch up, as these are the most important components to a successful mobile technologies program for any organization."
Privacy and security officers must bring the issue of mobile device security to light in their organizations. They must work to ensure these devices are as secure as possible, as is the ­confidential information stored or transmitted on them, says Joe Cappiello, chairman of Cappiello and Associates in Elmhurst, Illinois.
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