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HITECH / HIPAA Newsletter January 2013


HITECH Act Compliance is a Team Sport:  Is your team HITECH ready?

 January 2013 Issue No. 37
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Dear Carlos,

Welcome to our January 2013 HITECH / HIPAA Compliance Newsletter.  

 

The featured article this month is entitled: HITECH/HIPAA: Protecting Mobile Devices & Supporting BYOD.  The next few years are going continue to be full of headlines in healthcare journals on the explosion of Mobile Device usage among clinical professionals and the role that these devices continue to play in major PHI data breaches.

 

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Main_Article HITECH/HIPAA: Protecting Mobile Devices & Supporting BYOD.
Webtones Pointer The next few years are going continue to be full of headlines in healthcare journals on the explosion of Mobile Device usage among clinical professionals and the role that these devices continue to play in major PHI data breaches. The money quote from one of the most respected CIOs in healthcare follows:

 

CIOs: it's time to tell your CFO to expect an unplanned 6 figure expense to protect institutional data...embracing the mobile devices that enhance productivity and user satisfaction.

 
Granted, for mid-size and smaller providers this hypothetical dollar amount may be pure hyperbole-nonetheless, the ubiquity of mobile computing in healthcare means that covered entities and business associates of all sizes are going to have to pay attention.  Attention is required for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that most data breaches occur as a result of lost and/or stolen Mobile Devices.

The mobile healthcare horse has long since left the barn. The iPad, iPhone and similar competitive consumer devices are one of the biggest disruptive forces in healthcare; an army of concerned CIOs (and lawyers) are not going to stop it. Compliance is going to have to occur within this new reality and will certainly require people, process and platform components in order to make Mobile healthcare both effective and safe.

Mobile will 
 
remain at the forefront of point of care anywhere solutions and will continue to provide the flexibility that allows clinicians to deliver real-time information 24/7 365. In short, the healthcare industry is simply not going to return to a client-server, fixed infrastructure dominated computing model, but rather will continue to push the envelope with Cloud, Social Media, and a panoply of healthcare enabled Mobile Devices accessing provider resources over wireless networks. 

 

HITECH / HIPAA NewsletterWhat's the so what of BYOD?

 

BYOD is an acronym that stands for "Bring Your Own Device." Mobile Devices have now become much more than communications and computing tools-they have rapidly become lifestyle accessories. As such, users grow quite attached to these devices and rely on them daily for work, family and play. There is more than just an emotional attachment to a "hip" product at work here. 
 
How we perform certain basic functions on our devices become second nature to us. The learning curve of having to adapt to a new device is not trivial, and the angst caused by not being able to do what one could formerly do with ease is beyond frustrating, it can be downright debilitating, both personally and professionally.
Key Contract Sections One of the principal challenges of BYOD requires acknowledging the ramifications of the obvious: these are not devices owned by the organization. Despite the fact that the organization does not own these devices, they inevitably over time accumulate both personal and business data. The organization does own the latter, but in the case of some Mobile Devices (e.g. phones and pads) not the device that contains them. Dealing with business data stored on Mobile Devices as these devices are recycled and/or employees and other trusted stakeholders no longer work with the organization poses a significant problem, one that is not easily solved today without people and process intervention. 
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