Mobile Devices Roundtable: Identifying Good Privacy and Security Practices
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at a Mobile Devices Roundtable organized by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The Roundtable was part of HHS’ initiative to identify privacy and security good practices for health care providers, professionals and other entities that are using mobile services.
The Roundtable included three panels comprised of federal agency representatives, practicing providers, and representatives of research, provider and industry organizations. The interactive discussion between the panelists and the audience focused on issues such as:
- The current privacy and security legal framework for mobile devices accessing, storing and/or transmitting health information;
- Real world usage of mobile devices by providers and other health care delivery professionals;
- Information health care delivery professionals want and need to help them safeguard health information on their mobile devices; and
- Existing and emerging privacy and security good practices, strategies, and technologies for safeguarding data on mobile devices
The lively discussion highlighted the importance of good privacy and security practices when using mobile devices. These themes are also reflected in the Federal Trade Commission’s recent staff report on mobile apps for kids, and its consumer education material on Understanding Mobile Apps.