As part of its "Mobile Devices: Know the RISKS. Take the STEPS. PROTECT and SECURE Health Information" education initiative, HHS has suggested 11 ways hospitals and providers can protect and secure health information on mobile devices.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 10:56

New Bill Spurs mHealth, HIT Innovation

Congressman Mike Honda (D-Calif.) introduced legislation that aims to foster more innovation and support of mobile health and health information technology in the healthcare industry.
Physician tablet adoption has almost doubled since 2011, according to the "Taking the Pulse U.S. 2012" study by Manhattan Research.
A new mobile application, DocBookMD, allows physicians to send and receive secure HIPAA-compliant patient information from a smartphone.
Although iPads allow physicians to show patients diagrams, medical records and photos by their bedside, the mobile technology may offer more distractions than benefits, according to a Kaiser Health News report.
HHS has announced the winners of HHS' "One Heart in a Million Hearts Challenge," part of the Investing in Innovation program.
A Deloitte report has found that 85 percent of physicians believe electronic health records are valuable for quality and improvements for patient care however, more than 65 percent of physicians do not believe EHRs improve diagnosis accuracy or treatment planning, according to a Deloitte news release.
Seventy-six percent of small- and medium-sized medical and dental offices intend to purchase tablets in the next 12 months, according to a DOTmed report.
Thirty percent of physicians have purchased an iPad and 28 percent plan to do so within the next six months, according to a Float Mobile Learning news release.
Nearly all healthcare organizations view some information via a mobile device, yet more than half do not have policies regarding mobile technology use, according to a report by mHIMSS, part of the Health Information and Management Systems Society.
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