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New Guidance on Mobile Device Security for Health Care Providers

At the end of July the National Institute of Standards and Technology of the U.S. Department of Commerce (“NIST”) released a draft practice guide, Securing Electronic Health Records on Mobile Devices, that demonstrates how health care IT professionals can use existing technologies, including commercially available and open source tools, to better protect electronic protected health information (“ePHI”) systems and facilitate secure sharing of ePHI through mobile devices. According to the guide, “many health care providers are using mobile devices in health care delivery before they have appropriate privacy and security protections in place.” The guide is intended to provide a technical roadmap for achieving HIPAA-compliant use of mobile devices by health care professionals.

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As of February 22, Comply with HIPAA Breach Notification Rules or Face Sanctions

The HITECH (“Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health”) Act enacted last February imposed obligations on health care providers to notify patients if their protected health information was used or disclosed in a manner not permitted by HIPAA’s Privacy Rule.

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