Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 25, 2013
Portable devices are today’s greatest patient privacy and data security vulnerability for covered entities. Laptops, tablets and smartphones have been the culprit in a large percentage of recent high-profile breaches — which are now costing covered entities dearly — and are sure to remain a lightning rod for HIPAA liability. In the latest webinar from Atlantic Information Services, Inc., “Designing a Mobile Device HIPAA Plan: Risk Analysis, Policies and Procedures for Mitigating Today’s Top Privacy/Security Risk,” Chris Apgar, one of the health industry’s most knowledgeable HIPAA consultants, will discuss the elements of an effective mobile device risk analysis, and outline the alternatives that exist for policies and procedures that can mitigate enormous privacy, security and IT risks.
Until HIPAA covered entities and business associates design and implement an effective mobile device compliance plan, they will be operating in environments fraught with immense security vulnerabilities. A recent Ponemon survey indicates 81% of health care employees and medical staffs use their own devices in the workplace, and most entities do not require any safeguards, which is a surefire recipe for disaster. Covered entities themselves need to decide how restrictive they wish to be regarding mobile devices, which translates directly into how much risk will remain.
In this April 3 webinar, Mr. Apgar will provide the pros, cons and pitfalls of different levels of usage restriction and compliance risk that are possible. In 60 minutes of expert presentation followed by 30 minutes devoted to individual questions, he will provide answers to these and other important questions:
- What are the most significant risks posed by personal laptops, tablets and smartphones in hospitals and other health care environments?
- What steps should be taken to complete an effective mobile device risk analysis?
- What options exist for restricting or securely managing workplace use of laptops, tablets and smartphones? What are the pros and cons of each?
- What policies and procedures should be considered for restricting mobile devices?
Sample language for policies and procedures, along with a checklist of action items, will be provided to attendees.
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