The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights is working with ACT - The App Association to provide clearer and more accessible regulatory guidance relating to HIPAA rules, and to address issues and concerns mHealth app developers are facing regarding federal oversight.
One of the most promising aspects of new technology in the healthcare industry is the ability to provide better, faster care while engaging patients in their own treatments; to that end, wearables are making a big impact. Read more...
More than 50 percent of U.S. hospitals are using smartphones and or tablets and 69 percent of clinicians are using both a desktop/laptop and a smartphone/tablet to access data, according to the 2014 HIMSS Analytics Mobile Devices Study.
Mobile devices and apps increasingly are being used in healthcare settings, and with that comes greater risk to the security of patient information. To that end, hospitals and healthcare organizations are implementing a variety of systems and safe guards to ward off hackers and ensure the privacy of patient data. >> FULL REPORT
To say it's been a busy few months regarding regulatory actions in the healthcare space would be an understatement. To that end, I don't believe it would be sensationalistic to predict this may be a year in which federal agencies make landmark decisions and establish strategies and historical markers when it comes to mHealth technology oversight.
In fact, one best practice model is already in play and could very well prove to be an approach replicated by other interested entities. The model is the plan ACT - The App Association initiated in the fall of 2014 to draw federal agency attention to outdated and murky regulatory guidance regarding mobile medical software and technology and compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Read more...
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