ONC puts spotlight on mobile security
January 26, 2012 in Medical Technology
WASHINGTON – ONC’s Office of the Chief Privacy Officer (OCPO) recently launched a Privacy Security Mobile Device project, and is at work achieving its stated goals.
The project aims to develop an effective and practical way to bring awareness and understanding to those in the clinical sector, helping them better secure and protect health information while using mobile devices, such as laptops, tablets and smartphones.
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The ONC is in working with the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on the initiative.
Building on the existing HHS HIPAA Security Rule – Remote Use Guidance, the project is designed to identify privacy and security good practices for mobile devices. Identified good practices and use cases will be communicated in plain, practical and easy to understand language for healthcare providers, professionals and other entities.
HHS will be looking for input, and it plans a public roundtable in the spring on this project and other mHealth initiatives.