Thursday, June 21, 2012

ONC announces plan to help providers secure mobile devices

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will help small providers learn how to secure their smartphones and other mobile devices.

Research shows that about 81 percent of physicians use smartphones or tablet devices. The small size of these devices make them easy to lose on subways and airplanes and susceptible to theft. Yet few people safeguard them, such as by using encryption, making it easy for unauthorized users to access information.

The ONC has conducted research on mobile endpoint security, taking devices from local electronics stores and applying manual configuration, said Will Phelps, an IT security specialist in the ONC's Office of the Chief Privacy Officer.


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