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 watch a video series that discusses some risks and security tips you can consider implementing when using a mobile device.

< Back to FAQs

Content last reviewed on January 15, 2013
Was this page helpful?