Solving HIPAA Compliance for Images in the Age of BYOD

As more healthcare providers integrate personal devices in their practices, there’s a growing risk of HIPAA violations with sensitive patient images. Here’s how to protect patient privacy.
A recent article in Radiology Today—Don’t Let BYOD Become OMG—highlights the problem of HIPAA-compliant management of clinical images taken and shared by personal devices. The article predicts that we’ll see more and more healthcare providers integrating personal mobile devices into their practices. This real-time communication between healthcare professionals has the potential to improve patient care. But it raises the issues of how this can be done securely and affordably.
As Radiology Today author David Yeager writes, “[Mobile devices] have come to be seen as viable tools for medical providers. That change in attitude has brought questions to the forefront that have lingered in the background for years. Aside from securing personal health information (PHI) in a HIPAA-compliant way, how should data that are shared or captured on mobile devices be managed? And how much is it going to cost?”
While there are several apps for HIPAA-compliant texting and emailing with BYOD, problems remain when it comes to securing images.That’s because none of the existing apps have the ability to control the personal hardware that takes the photos in the first place. Once a photo is taken, it can inadvertently be saved to someone’s personal device–a HIPAA violation in and of itself. Even worse, once saved on personal device, it can get mixed in with photos of friends and family and accidentally shared.
Our Private Eye™ case, combined with the MyMobileHealthCare (MMHC) app, offers an inexpensive solution to the HIPAA compliance problems created by using bring your own device (BYOD) in conjunction with confidential patient images.
The case and app work together to ensure that any photos taken with a BYOD are saved only to a highly secure, cloud-based system (not the device taking or receiving an image). That’s because the Private Eye case actually controls the camera, making it impossible to take photos unless a BYOD is logged into the MMHC app. Once logged in, the app controls where the photos are saved and with whom they can be shared. Wow, no more BYOD OMG oops moments!
When healthcare professionals can use their own devices at work securely, it allows the sort of real-time communication they need to provide the quality of care they expect to deliver, while offering patients peace of mind knowing their most private images won’t end up on Facebook.
Learn more about how the Private Eye case and MMHC app can help your clinic remain HIPAA-compliant for patient images at an affordable cost.

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