Do You Use Your Phone for PHI?

If so, you’re not alone.

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Many healthcare professionals use their cellphones and tablets for work purposes.

79.8% of healthcare professionals use their tablets and 42.6% of healthcare professionals use their phones.

These mobile devices make it easy for providers to coordinate care and provide the best healthcare to patients.

It is essential for healthcare providers to remember that using portable devices to access protected health information (PHI) can potentially increase vulnerability to breaches.

We help our clients make sure that their inventory of devices is up to date and complete. In the event of a stolen device, practices can then remote access and turn off the device, making it inaccessible to the thief.

Many providers have expressed a desire for better applications and technology to access PHI.

70.6% of physicians who use smartphones use them to access electronic health records.

66.2% of physicians access educational resources and other non-clinical information.

More and more physicians and patients want to find a way to access their data in a secure and convenient way.

While cell phones and tablets make it easy to access PHI on the go, make sure that your practice takes necessary measures to encrypt and protect data.

Healthcare data continues to be valuable to hackers and unprotected devices are easy targets.

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