Mobile Security Best Practices Sought

HHS Plans Roundtable This Spring
Mobile Security Best Practices Sought

As more healthcare organizations ramp up their use of mobile devices, federal regulators are launching an effort to identify best practices for ensuring privacy and security.

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Two units of the Department of Health and Human Services are heading the mobility best practices project - the Office for Civil Rights and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Within ONC, the office of Joy Pritts, chief privacy officer, is taking a lead role.

"The project goal is to develop an effective and practical way to bring awareness and understanding to those in the clinical sector to help them better secure and protect health information while using mobile devices," an HHS announcement states. The project will build on a document known as HHS HIPAA Security Rule - Remote Use Guidance that was issued in 2006.

HHS plans to host a public roundtable on the issue this spring.

More information about HHS' mobile health initiatives is available on an HHS website.

About the Author

Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson

Former News Editor, ISMG

Anderson was news editor of Information Security Media Group and founding editor of HealthcareInfoSecurity and DataBreachToday. He has more than 40 years of journalism experience, with a focus on healthcare information technology issues. Before launching HealthcareInfoSecurity, he served as founding editor of Health Data Management magazine, where he worked for 17 years, and he served in leadership roles at several other healthcare magazines and newspapers.

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