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13 Security Tips To Combat Mobile Device Threats To Healthcare

Risks to patient data growing, as cited by Department of Homeland Security
PORTLAND, Ore. - June 13, 2012 - Mobile devices-thumb drives, smartphones, external hard drives, tablets and laptops-are increasingly exposing protected health information (PHI) in the healthcare space, with threat risks growing, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Mobile devices pose significant risks for privacy incidents for healthcare organizations, providers and entities responsible for safeguarding protected health information (PHI) under Federal HITECH and HIPAA regulations. Since patient data can be moved, processed and shared via personal cell phones and tiny USB flash drives, the Bring-Your-Own-Device phenomenon can wreak havoc on a hospital. To assist healthcare entities reduce privacy incidents resulting from mobile risks, 13 experts-representing legal, data breach prevention, technology, healthcare IT, and security-offer top tips for healthcare organizations. A complete list is available at

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