Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Videos from the Mobile Devices Roundtable are now available

Did you miss last week’s Mobile Devices Roundtable event? Did you attend the event and want to share the experience will colleagues? Do you know a health care provider or health IT professional who may find the discussions useful?

Event videos and materials from the Friday, March 16, 2012, Mobile Devices Roundtable are now available online.

Background: One of the key goals of the Federal Health Information Technology Strategic Plan is to inspire confidence and trust in health IT and electronic health information exchange by protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of health information. ONC’s Office of the Chief Privacy Officer (OCPO), along with the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), recently launched a privacy and security mobile device project. The project builds on the existing HHS HIPAA Security Rule - Remote Use Guidance and is designed to identify privacy and security good practices for mobile devices. The identified provider use case scenarios and good practices to address those scenarios will be communicated in plain, practical, and easy to understand language for use by health care providers, professionals, and other entities.

Roundtable Purpose: To gather public, industry, and subject matter expert input that will help inform the development of an effective and practical way to bring awareness and understanding to those in the clinical sector regarding securing and protecting health information while using mobile devices.

Roundtable Objectives:

  • Address the current privacy and security legal framework for mobile devices accessing, storing and/or transmitting health information;
  • Discuss real world usage of mobile devices by providers and other health care delivery professionals to understand their expectations, attitudes, challenges and needs;
  • Gather input regarding the information (and format) providers and other health care delivery professionals want and need to help them safeguard health information on their mobile devices; and
  • Gather input on existing and emerging privacy and security good practices, strategies and technologies for safeguarding data on mobile devices.

For the purpose of this Roundtable, a mobile device is a handheld transmitting device with multi-functional capabilities used to store, transmit and receive health information and has user control over the access to the health information. Mobile devices combine elements of computing, telephone/fax, Internet and networking functions. This generally includes laptop computers, personal digital assistants (PDA), smartphones, and tablet computers. Mobile transmitting devices generally do not include storage devices such as USB drives.

Format: The Roundtable included three panels comprised of federal agency representatives, practicing providers, and representatives of research, provider and industry organizations. The event was an interactive discussion with moderators encouraging interaction between the panelists and the audience. Questions were accepted in person, through email, and via Twitter.


  1. Setting the Federal Stage: Current Regulatory Framework, Guidance, Standards, & Toolkits for Providers and Other Health Care Delivery Professionals Using Mobile Devices
  2. Real World Usages of Mobile Devices by Providers and Other Health Care Delivery Professionals
  3. Real World Mobile Devices Privacy & Security Practices, Strategies and Technologies
View the meeting materials and web archives here.

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