Be Smart About Using Your Smart Phone in Practice: Understand and Manage the Risks Involved in Using Smart Phones and Tablets in Medical Practice

Thousands of people lose or have their smart phones and other portable devices stolen every day. While most people worry only about the irritation of replacing their phone in such a situation, when a health care professional loses a portable device containing patient information, the irritation of replacing the phone is the least of their worries. With the government handing out million dollar plus penalties for the mistreatment of patient information, now is the time to ensure your practice is best positioned to deal with the inevitable loss of a smart phone.

To view the presentation slides from speakers Erin McAlpin Eiselein, Partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, and Dr. Marion Jenkins, CEO of QSE Technologies, which were presented last Thursday, July 14th, at a seminar and cover best practices for health care providers who use smart phones and tablets in their medical practice, please click here. Learn how to minimize risk and avoid potential liability under the federal and state privacy and security laws so that the loss of a phone does not turn into the loss of your practice.

Survey Says . . . Patient Data Not Protected

According to a new survey of healthcare IT practitioners, healthcare organizations are not adequately protecting confidential patient information.  Sixty-one percent of those surveyed said that their organizations do not have the resources to fully comply with the federal privacy regulations.  The survey results aren't entirely surprising considering the fact that organizations are struggling to comply with HITECH and make the transition to EHR.  What is surprising, however, is that 70% of the respondents believe that senior management does not consider patient privacy a priority.  The OCR has quite clearly stated that it intends to increase enforcement and not making protection of patient privacy a priority could be a costly decision.