ONC project aimed at helping clinicians protect health information on mobile devices

Farzad Mostashari, MD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently initiated a Privacy & Security Mobile Device project, and is at work achieving its stated goals. ONC’s Office of the Chief Privacy Officer said the project aims to develop an effective and practical way to bring awareness and understanding to those in the clinical sector, helping them better secure and protect health information while using mobile devices, such as laptops, tablets and smartphones.

The ONC is in working with the HHS Office for Civil Rights on the initiative.

Building on the existing HIPAA Security Rule – Remote Use Guidance, the project is designed to identify privacy and security good practices for mobile devices.

Identified good practices and use cases will be communicated in plain, practical and easy-to-understand language for healthcare providers, professionals and other entities, according to ONC.

HHS will be looking for input, and it plans a public roundtable in the spring on this project and other mobile health initiatives.

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