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:
- A lost mobile device,
- A stolen mobile device,
- Inadvertently downloading viruses or other malware,
- Unintentional disclosure to unauthorized users when sharing mobile devices with friends, family and/or coworkers, and
- 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.