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Privacy & Security Policy

Mobile Devices Roundtable: Safeguarding Health Information

Background

One of the key goals of the Federal Health Information Technology Strategic Plan is to inspire confidence and trust in health IT and electronic health information exchange by protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of health information. ONC’s Office of the Chief Privacy Officer (OCPO), along with the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), recently launched a privacy and security mobile device project. The project builds on the existing HHS HIPAA Security Rule - Remote Use Guidance [PDF - 154 KB] and is designed to identify privacy and security good practices for mobile devices. The identified provider use case scenarios and good practices to address those scenarios will be communicated in plain, practical, and easy to understand language for use by health care providers, professionals, and other entities.

Overview of Federal Role in Mobile Health

Roundtable Purpose

To gather public, industry, and subject matter expert input that will help inform the development of an effective and practical way to bring awareness and understanding to those in the clinical sector regarding securing and protecting health information while using mobile devices.

Roundtable Objectives

  • Address the current privacy and security legal framework for mobile devices accessing, storing and/or transmitting health information;
  • Discuss real world usage of mobile devices by providers and other health care delivery professionals to understand their expectations, attitudes, challenges and needs;
  • Gather input regarding the information (and format) providers and other health care delivery professionals want and need to help them safeguard health information on their mobile devices; and
  • Gather input on existing and emerging privacy and security good practices, strategies and technologies for safeguarding data on mobile devices.

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