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How BYOD Strategies Will Affect the Future of Mobile Health

Mobile devices and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) strategies are seen as methods to improve communication between patients and physicians while also reducing health care costs and enabling better health information access. Many hospitals and clinics are requiring physicians to use mobile technology such as a tablet or smart phone to decrease costs. But are […]

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HIPAA Phase Two Audits on Horizon – Is Your Organization Prepared?

Pointers to prepare your organization, and for your C-Suite to be aware of, and on board with, your organization’s preparedness plan: 1.    The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) will continue with conducting federal government audits to ensure compliance with The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and The […]

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Telehealth Companies Need to be Ready for HIPAA Audits

It is widely held that all telehealth organizations are at risk for data breach of consumer protected health information (PHI).  Many are of the opinion that breach is not an “if” question, but a “when” question. A recent survey by KPMG, the international audit, tax, and advisory firm, found the greatest threats to come from […]

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Data Security Issues Paramount for Telehealth Practitioners

So far this year over 92 million individual personal health information (PHI) records have been breached.  That’s just the number reported to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR), and appearing on the ‘wall of shame’ as some in the industry are referring to the OCR’s online breach reporting […]

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Data Security Concerns and BYOD in Telemedicine

With the goal of improving quality and timeliness of healthcare, telehealth clinicians are embracing ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) in their practices.  “The devices have become well entrenched in a very short time, as studies show that approximately 80 percent of healthcare workers currently use a personal mobile device, whether smart phone or tablet”, as […]

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Research: Security Not a Barrier to Consumers Embracing Telehealth

Two surveys indicate that the security of medical records is not keeping patients and providers alike from adopting telemedicine. However, provider respondents reveal that practitioners are not yet fully compliant with The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) security requirements. As reported by  Software Advice with surveyed patients and NueMed-polled providers. Patient Findings: […]

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National Notification Protocol Proposed for Security Breach

Legislation sent by the White House to Congress calls for a national 30-day notification protocol to be followed when a security breach has placed an individual’s “sensitive personally identifiable information,” or SPII, at risk. If signed into federal law, the National Data Breach Notification Standard would require some telehealth providers to revamp their processes.  From […]

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Telemedicine Practitioners — Security Measures Beyond Data Encryption?

In September, a laptop and cell phone belonging to a Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) physician was stolen in an armed robbery. Although both devices were encrypted, the assailants forced the doctor to disclose the pass codes during the robbery thereby rendering the medical data accessible. Merely encrypting data on a computer, tablet, or mobile […]

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BYOD Telemedicine Policies’ Complexity

Penn Medicine Associate CIO of Technology and Infrastructure, John Donohue was recently interviewed about how his organization is formulating their bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and mobile device management (MDM) policy.  The interview appears on HealthcareITNews.com. Noting that Penn’s policy should be in place by the end of this year, he offered some lessons-learned and pointers on the […]

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Hospitals Attack BYOD Issues

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).   “It all starts with policy,” said privacy consultant Tom Walsh. And, as has been presented on webinars sponsored by The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) and in numerous posts, CTeL has cited the importance of concrete BYOD institutional policies as a critical component to compliance […]

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