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HHS Proposes New Regulation Requiring Default Encryption on Mobile Devices Used in Healthcare

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have published a new proposed rule for Stage 2 Meaningful Use that would stipulate that mobile devices that retain patient data after a clinical encounter — such as laptops, smartphones and tablets — have default encryption enabled.

Many of the recent high-profile data breaches involving sensitive health information had to do with lost or stolen mobile devices, which has brought device security and proper encryption into the spotlight.  “We agree that this is an area of security that appears to need specific focus,” the NPRM for Stage 2 Meaningful Use states.  “Recent HHS analysis of reported breaches indicates that almost 40% of large breaches involve lost or stolen devices.  Had these devices been encrypted, their data would have been secured.”

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Fiberlink Debuts Secure “MaaS360” Mobile Device Management Solution for Healthcare

It’s been announced by Fiberlink, a company providing SaaS solutions for mobile device and application management, has debuted a new edition of its “MaaS360” platform for the healthcare industry.

MaaS360 for Healthcare was designed to provide a single, unified view of policy and status reporting across tablets and smartphones for healthcare organizations.  The platform aims to help CIOs and others responsible for data and device security to identify and manage the “complex challenges of mHealth initiatives and data security risks to meet strict HIPAA compliance requirements.”

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Ups and Downs of Health Data Security in 2011

As the year comes to a close, the lists of the top 10 of everything in 2011 are inevitably appearing. However, there is a new player in this game of lists and comparisons—the top 10 trends in healthcare data privacy and security.

According to a review by Government Health IT, 2011 has been marked by increased activity in both the health data privacy and security domains, two important factors affecting mHealth regulation and adoption, which brings us to the first item of this top 10:

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Dell Healthcare’s CTO Discusses Mobile Health and Data Security

The folks over at eWeek sat down recently with Dell Healthcare’s CTO Dave Marchand to discuss how healthcare organizations should approach security.  In an interesting Q&A session, Mr. Marchand talks about the importance of encryption, how to secure mobile devices and much more.

In a relatively short period of time we’ve seen some rather large security breaches, such as one at Stanford Hospital where over 20,000 patient records were leaked to a private Website by a contractor, or the misplacement of backup tapes for Tricare, a provider of health care services to active and retired military personnel.  As the healthcare industry moves towards digital and mobile communication and access, security has been brought into the spotlight like never before.

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