Health Data Management reports on concerns with health care professionals’ use of personal devices that are not compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Health care professionals have moved from using pagers to smartphones to communicate with one another. Asante Chief Medical Information Officer Lee Milligan questions whether those smartphones comply with HIPAA privacy rules and if any messaging is done using secure messaging software. “The main thing with secure messaging is I used to worry that doctors and nurses are communicating in a non-HIPAA manner and now I don’t even think about that — it’s off my radar,” Milligan said. Meanwhile, privacy concerns have risen after U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling conducted a data review of doctors’ prescribing practices. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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