mobile health privacy

By Aditi Pai August 4, 2015
Some 23 percent of US broadband households said they are concerned about privacy and security when using connected health devices. Additionally, 23 percent of US broadband households have security and privacy concerns when using connected fitness tracking devices. The percentage of households who are concerned with the privacy and security of health and fitness devices is actually much lower than...
By MHN Staff May 14, 2014
By Adam H. Greene, JD, MPH, partner and co-chair of the Health Information Practice of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and  former Senior Health Information Technology and Privacy Specialist at the HHS Office for Civil Rights, where he was responsible for applying the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules to health IT. If you are reading this, then it is likely that you, or someone...
By MHN Staff September 30, 2013
by Grant Elliott, Founder & CEO, Ostendio By simply following the media hype around the recent September 23rd implementation deadline, you could be forgiven for thinking that the final omnibus rule is bad news for mobile health application developers. To recap, the final omnibus rule came into effect on March 23, 2013 but "business associates" were given six months from that date to become...
By Neil Versel August 29, 2013
Although the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently updated the HIPAA privacy rule for the first time in more than a decade, the regulations still are not flexible enough to keep up with the pace of innovation in digital health, according to a newly published commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Plus, the authors contend, the new requirement that...
By Neil Versel July 9, 2012
In developing policies for managing data handled by and stored on mobile devices, healthcare organizations should look beyond privacy and security and consider the legal ramifications of mobile health information, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) says. "While much has been written stressing how extremely important security and privacy issues are in the use of mobile...
By Neil Versel June 15, 2012
ONC's Dr. Farzad Mostashari Most mobile phones on the market today meet no more than 40 percent of security requirements -- such as those called for by HIPAA or proposed "meaningful use" Stage 2 standards -- in the out-of-the-box configurations, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. And even after being manually configured, only iPhone and...
By Brian Dolan March 22, 2012
Last week Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS, kicked off a half-day HHS event focused on privacy and security issues surrounding the use of mobile devices in healthcare. Mostashari's comments summed up the mobile health opportunity for providers while pointing out the potential problems, too. Mostashari described mobile phones as ubiquitous,...
By Neil Versel November 2, 2011
ONC National Health IT Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is conducting a series of focus groups to gauge consumer opinion on privacy and security of mobile health technologies. ONC's Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, which is running the focus groups, is looking to "explore the attitudes and preferences of a diverse...
By Brian Dolan October 3, 2011
By Adam H. Greene former Senior Health Information Technology and Privacy Specialist at the HHS Office for Civil Rights, where he was responsible for applying the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules to health IT, now a partner in the Health IT/HIPAA practice of Davis Wright Tremaine. On Sept. 19, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced...
By MHN Staff June 17, 2011
By Adam H. Greene, JD, MPH, former Senior Health Information Technology and Privacy Specialist at the HHS Office for Civil Rights, where he was responsible for applying the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules to health IT, now a partner in the Health IT/HIPAA practice of Davis Wright Tremaine. Once you have established that your mobile application is going to be subject to...