MHealth Summit attendees worry more about mobile policy than gadgets

Ed Burns, Site Editor

Mobile devices and applications received a lot of attention at mHealth Summit 2012, and for good reason. There was no shortage of new technology and gadgets on display.

But attendees were primarily concerned with developing mobile health use policies and securing devices. Rather than fawning over the fastest data-crunching app, health care executives wanted to know how to stay on the right side of HIPAA compliance in a bring-your-own-device, or BYOD, environment. Mobile technology policy trumped the gadgets at this year's event.

I sat down with my colleague Don Fluckinger after returning from Washington, D.C., to discuss this theme and other highlights from mHealth Summit 2012. We also touched on advances in mobile device interoperability, interesting sessions and whether machines will really come to replace physicians.

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