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ONC Debuts New Privacy & Security Initiative to Establish Mobile Healthcare Data Best Practices

A new initiative developed by the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, working with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights was launched recently to better understand the privacy and security implications of processing healthcare data via mobile devices.

The goal of the new initiative is to develop “an effective and practical way to bring awareness and understanding to those in the clinical sector to help them better secure and protect health information while using mobile devices.”

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Health IT and mHealth Practices to Avoid

While there’s plenty of talk about up and coming mobile and health IT technologies that promise the world in terms of improving care, reducing costs and helping to reduce the complication associated with the healthcare industry, there remains some aspects that should be avoided altogether according to Shahid Shah, enterprise software analyst and founder of the blog The Healthcare IT Guy.

For starters, he warns healthcare organizations against marrying themselves to one mobile platform.  With the mobile ecosystem still in its relative infancy, making commitments to mobile app platforms such as iOS or Android is still a bad idea, according to Shah.  “Focus on device-independent protocols, like HTML5 and JavaScript,” he said. “The war between Apple, Microsoft and Google is nowhere near being resolved, and you don’t want to get caught on the wrong side.”  Just like HTML4 emerged the winner from 1995 until now, Shah sees HTML5 emerging as the mobile platform front-runner over the next 15 years.

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FDA Announces Public Workshop On mHealth App Regulation to Gather Industry Input

It was announced today the FDA is planning a public workshop on September 12th and 13th to gather input on the recently issued draft guidance document “Mobile Medical Applications,” that aims to inform manufacturers, distributors, and other stakeholders about how the FDA intends to apply its medical device regulatory authority to mHealth apps.

Poor FDA regulation on emerging mHealth applications and technology has been at the center of criticism regarding a lack of general regulation and guidance from the government as the mobile healthcare market continues to advance.  The new FDA guidance defines a “mobile medical app” as a software application on a mobile platform that is “either (1) used as an accessory to a regulated medical device; or (2) transforms a mobile platform into a regulated medical device.”  An mHealth app must also meet the definition of “device” under Section 201(h) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which includes an instrument, apparatus, machine, or a related article that is “intended for use in diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease” for humans or other animals.”

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New mHealth Guide Takes Deep Dive Into Mobile-Enabling Healthcare IT Systems

“Making Healthcare Mobile,” a new guide published today by mobileStorm, provides a focused look at how to extend healthcare into the mobile realm by presenting a step-by-step guide to mobile-enabling virtually any healthcare database.

Taking an independent and educational approach to mobile healthcare, the new guide covers the full spectrum of taking a wide array of healthcare systems mobile — including the history of healthcare’s evolution into the mobile channel, industry rules and regulations, best practices, secure messaging solutions, project overviews and even a step-by-step checklist to rolling out a pilot program to test the waters and evaluate options.

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