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Supporting mobile device usage in a health care setting
This article is part of the Health IT issue of July 2012
One of the big trends in IT at the moment is bring your own device (BYOD). Today users expect to be able to access corporate data not just from their desktops, but also from consumer electronic devices such as tablets and smart phones. When providing wireless device users access to corporate data, maintaining compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) can be a bit more challenging. This article discusses several considerations for supporting mobile device usage in a health care environment. More tips for supporting mobile device usage Mobile devices bring health interoperability challenges, opportunities Tips for deploying mobile devices, iPads in a health care setting The blurry distinction between mobile devices and computers The ABCs of federal regulation for mobile devices in health care HIPAA does not differentiate between computing devices. Any device that a user uses to access network resources is defined as a workstation, whether it is a desktop, tablet, smartphone or other device. ...
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