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HHS Announces Mobile Device Security Initiative

January 3, 2013

The privacy and security of patient information on mobile devices is a significant challenge for health care providers. Appropriately securing such devices has recently gained greater significance in light of the proliferation of such devices and the imposition of significant fines and penalties on providers when such devices have been lost or stolen. As such, health care providers should take steps to assess their vulnerabilities, establish reasonable privacy and security policies and procedures and educate their work forces on the importance of securing patient information maintained on mobile devices.

To assist in such efforts, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently launched a new educational initiative and set of online tools to assist health care providers in protecting their patients’ health information when using mobile devices. The initiative is called Mobile Devices: Know the Risks. Take the Steps. Protect and Secure Health Information and is available at www.healthIT.gov/mobiledevices. The initiative includes a series of online educational videos, training materials and other privacy and security resources.

We encourage all of our health care clients to review and utilize this resource. Should you have any questions about this initiative or securing your organization’s mobile devices, please feel free to contact any member of Shipman & Goodwin’s Health Law Practice Group.

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