In an article yesterday from Healthcare IT News, Managing Editor Erin McCann shares the news that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has officially released a long-awaited mobile security guide, specifically written for protecting medical data. This 82-page book offers healthcare institutions insights into how to bolster mHealth cybersecurity.
Additionally, the guide outlines standards and best practices that organizations should follow in order to adhere to healthcare regulations like HIPAA. According to Donna Dodson, Director of NIST's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, "We know from working with them that healthcare organizations want to protect their clients' personal information and themselves from the high costs associated with breaches". With 90% of healthcare organizations utilizing mobile devices in their organizations, this guide could provide them with the tools they need to reduce security risks.
NIST describes the guidelines as including "a virtual environment that simulates interaction among mobile devices and an electronic health record system, supported by the IT infrastructure of a medical organization". An Executive Summary of how to securely store Electronic Health Records (EHRs) on mobile devices can be found by clicking here.
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