ONC Calls for Public Comments on mHealth Device Privacy, Security and Best Practices

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has issued a call for public comments surrounding the security, privacy and best practices of using mobile devices in healthcare.

More specifically, the ONC is seeking comments on three categories, including real-world uses of mobile devices by providers and other healthcare delivery professionals; real-world privacy and security practices, strategies and technology; and other general comments on the use of mobile devices by providers and other healthcare delivery professionals.

“For the purpose of this request for public input, a mobile device is a handheld transmitting device with multi-functional capabilities used to store, transmit and receive health information and has user control over the access to the health information,” the ONC wrote. “Mobile devices combine elements of computing, telephone/fax, Internet and networking functions. This generally includes laptop computers, personal digital assistants (PDA), smartphones and tablet computers. Mobile transmitting devices generally do not include storage devices such as USB drives.”

The ONC has opened a public comment period until March 30, after which it’s expected to convene a mobile devices roundtable.

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