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Top Tips for Mobile Device Security, Keeping ePHI Secure

November 1, 2017 - More healthcare organizations are utilizing smart phones, laptops, and tablets for daily operations, but failing to include these devices in an enterprise-wide risk analysis could lead to mobile device security issues. Entities need to maintain ePHI security and understanding the potential risks associated with mobile devices is a key part of that, OCR stressed in its recent cybersecurity...


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Using Secure Texting for Improved Patient Care, Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Implementing new technical solutions, such as secure texting, can help healthcare providers of all sizes and in different locations better care for patients and ensure PHI security. Regardless of where an organization is based though, federal...

Data Security Top Reason Hospitals Prohibit Healthcare BYOD

by Elizabeth Snell

More hospitals are allowing healthcare BYOD policies, but data security is the top reason why an organization would prohibit such policies from being implemented, according to a recent Spok survey. Spok interviewed more than 350 healthcare leaders...

How Mobile Healthcare Users Affect the Industry, Data Security

by Bill Kleyman

We’re seeing a true evolution around mobile devices being brought into the healthcare world. Mobile healthcare users are quickly becoming the norm. As bring your own device (BYOD) programs continue to become more commonplace, 38 percent...

Top 4 Key Concerns in Healthcare Mobile Security Options

by Elizabeth Snell

It can be daunting to choose the right mobile tools to help a healthcare organization stay innovative. It can be even more daunting though to ensure that mobile security remains a top priority and that PHI stays secure. Healthcare IT leaders...

DHS Mobile Device Security Study Urges Federal Improvements

by Elizabeth Snell

A recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report on improving the federal government’s approach to mobile device security could also have potential impact on healthcare’s mobile approach. The report is based off of a study conducted...

Mobile Security at Center of $2.5M OCR HIPAA Settlement

by Elizabeth Snell

The latest OCR HIPAA settlement was the first of its kind for a wireless health services provider, following allegations of ePHI disclosure due to a stolen laptop. Pennsylvania-based CardioNet provides remote mobile monitoring of and rapid response...

Mobile Security Strategies for Common Provider Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

As covered entities and business associates continue to adopt mobile security strategies, it can be increasingly difficult to find tools that are innovative but do not compromise security. Mobile app privacy and security worries and maintaining...

Healthcare Apps Privacy, Security Top Provider Concern

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare providers stated that their top concern with third party healthcare apps was their privacy and security capabilities, according to a recent Substitutable Medical Applications, Reusable Technology (SMART) Health IT study. Just under...

Mobile Security Concerns Continue to Nag Health IT Leaders

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare IT decision makers may see the value in implementing mobile options, such as BYOD and mobile device management (MDM) solutions, but there are still mobile security concerns, recent research shows. More than one-quarter of IT decision...

What Happened with mHealth Security, Mobile Privacy in 2016?

by Elizabeth Snell

Covered entities and business associates are continuously searching for the technologies that can improve physician workflow, while also ensuring PHI security. Mobile devices are increasing in popularity, and are quickly becoming beneficial tools...

Mobile Security Key Focus in Recent NIST Resources

by Elizabeth Snell

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released two draft resources that highlight current mobile security threats and then provide guidance on how public and private organizations can best approach those threats....

Mobile Health App Privacy Policies Not Easily Accessible

by Elizabeth Snell

With more individuals entering their personal health information into various apps and trackers, mobile health app privacy and security is increasingly important. Without understanding a specific app’s privacy policies, an individual may...

ONC Urges Mobile Application Security, Regulatory Adherence

by Elizabeth Snell

The potential legal concerns and mobile application security should be key considerations as technologists, clinicians, or even patients work on developing healthcare applications, according to Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) leaders....

Why Healthcare Application Security is Critical Area

by Elizabeth Snell

As more covered entities and business associates continue to implement mobile options, healthcare application security is an increasingly critical aspect to overall data security. If a recent survey is any indication, organizations should take...

How Can Expanded Secure Text Messaging Affect Healthcare?

by Elizabeth Snell

As the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare (JCAHO) recently changed its stance on using secure text messaging for sending physician orders, healthcare organizations now have expanded options when it comes to utilizing digital communications....

How Secure Messaging Closed UofLSD ‘Technology Gap’

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare secure messaging options are quickly becoming more commonplace in the industry, with more employees needing ways to communicate immediately for proper patient care but also in a way that won’t compromise data. The University...

How BYOD, Mobile Security is Prioritized at OhioHealth

by Elizabeth Snell

BYOD policies are critical aspects to mobile security platforms that have been implemented at any covered entity. Whether an organization is looking to implement smartphones, laptops, or tablets, mobile security should be top priority, especially...

Using a ‘Layered’ Approach for Health Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

As technology has continued to evolve, healthcare data security has also needed to change in order to keep pace and keep sensitive information secured. That is why Illinois-based Riverside Healthcare has adopted security in layers, ensuring that...

Congress Seeks Clarification of HIPAA Rules for mHealth Apps

by Sara Heath

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is not making a distinct enough effort to clarify HIPAA security regulations for mHealth app use and development, according to a letter from members of Congress. In November 2014, HHS committed...

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