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Mobile Device Data Security Measures Issued

January 15, 2013

As the use of mobile devices proliferates among health care providers, providers face the critical task of securing those devices to protect patient health information. Appropriately safeguarding patient data maintained on mobile devices is required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules, and significant fines and penalties may be imposed when such devices are lost or stolen.

Attorneys in Shipman & Goodwin’s Health Law practice suggest that health care providers follow these key steps to maintain mobile device security: assess vulnerabilities; establish reasonable privacy and security policies and procedures; and educate employees on the importance of securing patient information.

The firm’s Health Law attorneys and Data Privacy & Security Client Team can provide assistance with these steps as well as all aspects of data privacy and security and protecting patient health information. For more information, contact Joan Feldman (jfeldman@goodwin.com, 860-251-5104). In addition, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched an educational initiative (www.healthIT.gov/mobiledevices) that includes information and online tools.

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