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Protecting health information on cell phones, tablets and laptop computers

The ADA News has a nice article on tips for protecting patient confidentiality with mobile devises. Four tips are listed here, read the whole thing for the rest.

  • Lock the device so that a user authentication or password is necessary to get in.
  • Install and enable encryption. Encryption protects health information stored on mobile devices. Some mobile devices have built-in encryption capabilities or the tools can be purchased and installed.
  • Install and activate remote wiping and/or disabling. Remote wiping enables you to erase data on a mobile device remotely. By enabling the remote wipe feature, you can permanently delete data stored on a lost or stolen mobile device. Remote disabling allows you to lock a mobile device if it’s lost or stolen. If the mobile device is recovered, you can unlock it.
  • Disable and do not install or use file-sharing applications. File-sharing apps allow Internet users to connect to each other and access each other’s libraries of media files. But they can also allow unauthorized users to access your device without your knowledge.

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