The Department of Health and Human Services announced on Wednesday a new initiative to protect health information records.
The program includes a set of online tools aimed at helping health care providers and organizations protect patient health information when using mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones.
The initiative, “Mobile Devices: Know the RISKS. Take the STEPS. PROTECT and SECURE Health Information,” is available at HealthIT.gov/mobiledevices. It offers educational resources such as videos, fact sheets and promotional posters.
“The use of mobile health technology holds great promise in improving health and health care, but the loss of health information can have a devastating impact on the trust that patients have in their providers. It’s important that these tools are used correctly,” said Joy Pritts, HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology chief privacy officer.
“Health care providers, administrators and their staffs must create a culture of privacy and security across their organizations to ensure the privacy and security of their patients’ protected health information,” she said.