What are some risks to know about before using a mobile device for patient care?

Risks (threats and vulnerabilities) vary based on the mobile device and its use. Some risks may be:

  1. A lost mobile device,
  2. A stolen mobile device,
  3. Inadvertently downloading viruses or other malware,
  4. Unintentional disclosure to unauthorized users when sharing mobile devices with friends, family and/or coworkers, and
  5. Using an unsecure Wi-Fi network.

The Mobile Device Privacy and Security website is a good place to begin learning ways you can mitigate or reduce risks to health information when using mobile devices. You can also go to the Privacy, Security, and HIPAA webpage that discusses some risks and security tips you can consider implementing when using a mobile device.

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Content last reviewed on July 2, 2019
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