Theft of mobile devices is one of the most common causes of HIPAA breaches. Though usage of mobile devices is permitted under HIPAA, users must maintain appropriate security to avoid unauthorized use or disclosure of patient information. The ONC recently launched a new website entitled: Mobile Devices: Know the RISKS. Take the STEPS. PROTECT and SECURE Health Information to help providers better use their mobile devices that contain PHI. The website contains videos, tip sheets, and FAQs. Providers using mobile devices are strongly encouraged to visit the site and install security safeguards to avoid potential breaches.
For more information about HIPAA and securing mobile devices please contact Elana Zana.