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This article is part of our Essential Guide: Conference coverage: 2013 mHealth Summit

MHealth Summit attendees worry more about mobile policy than gadgets

Walking around the exhibit floor at mHealth Summit 2012, you see that mobile gadgets get a lot of attention. But it's really about how you use them.

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.

Let us know what you think about the story; email Ed Burns, news writer, or contact @EdBurnsTT on Twitter.

This was last published in December 2012

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