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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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Voalte Launches Mobile Device Management & Security Platform For Hospitals


Florida-based Voalte, a company known for its mobile applications for nurses and clinicians, is teaming with a company called AirWatch, a maker of smartphone security and mobile device management solutions, to launch a platform designed to help administrators manage mobile devices throughout any building or campus.

The platform, dubbed “Voalte Connect,” gives administrators a platform to deploy, use and scale MDM solutions for enterprise-wide deployments.  The platform is designed to allow clinicians to send and receive presence-based text messages, make phone calls using the hospital’s VoIP system and receive critical care alarms on their iPhones, among other things.  The main benefit comes with the ability for any hospital or facility to manage all internal and personal mobile devices, such as smartphones, laptops and tablets, from a central and secure location.

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