How Can You Protect and Secure Health Information When Using a Mobile Device? – Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology – HealthIT.gov – March 2014

Posted on March 24, 2014. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: , , |

How Can You Protect and Secure Health Information When Using a Mobile Device? – Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology – HealthIT.gov – March 2014

“Take Steps to Protect and Secure Information When Using a Mobile Device” Fact Sheet

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ICTs and the Health Sector: Towards Smarter Health and Wellness Models – OECD – October 2013

Posted on October 16, 2013. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: , , |

ICTs and the Health Sector: Towards Smarter Health and Wellness Models – OECD – October 2013

“The future sustainability of health systems will depend on how well governments are able to anticipate and respond to efficiency and quality of care challenges. Bold action is required, as well as willingness to test innovative care delivery approaches.

The greatest promise for transformational change is in applications that encourage new, ubiquitous, participatory preventive and personalised smart models of care. A whole new world of possibilities in using mobiles and the Internet to address healthcare challenges has opened up. The potential of mobile devices, services and applications to support self-management, behavioural modification and “participatory healthcare” is greater than ever before.

A key hurdle is, however, the big data challenge, dealing with the exponentially accelerating accumulation of patient data – all of which must be mined, stored securely and accurately, and converted to meaningful information at the point of care. In order to fully exploit the new smart approaches to care, acceptance, privacy and usability issues will also have to be carefully considered.”

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Mobile Medical Applications: Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff – FDA – 25 September 2013

Posted on September 25, 2013. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: , , , |

Mobile Medical Applications: Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff – FDA – 25 September 2013

Extract from the introduction:

“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes the extensive variety of actual and potential functions of mobile apps, the rapid pace of innovation in mobile apps, and the potential benefits and risks to public health represented by these apps. The FDA is issuing this guidance document to inform manufacturers, distributors, and other entities about how the FDA intends to apply its regulatory authorities to select software applications intended for use on mobile platforms (mobile applications or “mobile apps”). Given the rapid expansion and broad applicability of mobile apps, the FDA is issuing this guidance document to clarify the subset of mobile apps to which the FDA intends to apply its authority.

Many mobile apps are not medical devices (meaning such mobile apps do not meet the definition of a device under section 201(h) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act)), and FDA does not regulate them. Some mobile apps may meet the definition of a medical device but because they pose a lower risk to the public, FDA intends to exercise enforcement discretion over these devices (meaning it will not enforce requirements under the FD&C Act). The majority of mobile apps on the market at this time fit into these two categories.

Consistent with the FDA’s existing oversight approach that considers functionality rather than platform, the FDA intends to apply its regulatory oversight to only those mobile apps that are medical devices and whose functionality could pose a risk to a patient’s safety if the mobile app were to not function as intended. This subset of mobile apps the FDA refers to as mobile medical apps.

FDA is issuing this guidance to provide clarity and predictability for manufacturers of mobile medical apps.”

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Commentary on this:

FDA outlines rules for medical apps on phones, tablets – The Hill – 23 September 2013

FDA Updates Guidance on Mobile-Software Apps – The Wall Street Journal – 23 September 2013

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Regulation of medical software and mobile medical ‘apps’ – TGA – 13 September 2013

Posted on September 17, 2013. Filed under: Health Informatics, Health Technology Assessment | Tags: , |

Regulation of medical software and mobile medical ‘apps’ – TGA – 13 September 2013

“Software is becoming increasingly important in medical devices; however, its rapid evolution, particularly in relation to mobile technology, presents new and complex challenges for the TGA and regulatory agencies internationally.

The following is intended to provide guidance on the regulatory arrangements pertaining to medical software and mobile medical apps by addressing some questions frequently put to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

Are medical software products considered to be medical devices?

A software product is considered a medical device if it fits the definition in section 41BD of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.”

… continues on the site

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National Mobile Health Worker Project: Final report – NHS – 16 January 2013

Posted on January 21, 2013. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: |

National Mobile Health Worker Project: Final report – NHS – 16 January 2013

“The benefits of mobile technology for health staff and patients are outlined today in the final report of the mobile health worker project, a study on introducing mobile devices at 11 NHS pilot sites.

The aims of the study were to understand the requirements of mobile working, and to demonstrate whether increased productivity and efficiency can be achieved by making changes to working processes.”

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Media on this in eHealth Insider – 17 January 2013: DH report sends mixed mobile messages

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Digital Health Digital guidance and best practice for the health and care system – Department of Health [England] – 20 December 2012

Posted on January 4, 2013. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: , |

Digital Health Digital guidance and best practice for the health and care system – Department of Health [England] – 20 December 2012

Media release

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Digital hospitals: debunking the myths surrounding the technology journey – Deloitte – July 2012

Posted on January 4, 2013. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: , , |

Untangling the truth: debunking the myths surrounding the technology journey for digital hospitals – Deloitte – July 2012

“Do you believe that a digital hospital and a paperless hospital are the same thing? That a single data governance approach is all your hospital needs? That clinical requirements should dictate the hospital’s technology capabilities? Or that mobility is a ‘nice to have’?

If you do, you are not alone. So whether you are building a new digital hospital from the ground up, or digitising an existing hospital, views like these can make your journey more complex, risky and expensive than it really needs to be.

This paper details 12 myths surrounding the technology journey to digitisation that, if left unchanged, can limit the value that can be realised from digital hospital initiatives.”

… continues

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Your Mobile Device and Health Information Privacy and Security – HealthIT.gov – 2012

Posted on January 3, 2013. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: , |

Your Mobile Device and Health Information Privacy and Security 

“Physicians, health care providers and other health care professionals are using smartphones, laptops and tablets in their work. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has gathered these tips and information to help you protect and secure health information patients entrust to you when using mobile devices.”

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Putting patients in the driving seat: A digital future for healthcare – European Commission – 7 December 2012

Posted on January 3, 2013. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: , , |

Putting patients in the driving seat: A digital future for healthcare – European Commission – 7 December 2012

Extract:

“The European Commission has unveiled an Action Plan to address barriers to the full use of digital solutions in Europe’s healthcare systems. The goal is to improve healthcare for the benefit of patients, give patients more control of their care and bring down costs. While patients and health professionals are enthusiastically using telehealth solutions and millions of Europeans have downloaded smartphone apps to keep track of their health and wellbeing, digital healthcare has yet to reap its great potential to improve healthcare and generate efficiency savings.

The Action Plan (full list of actions in MEMO/12/959) attempts to increase the pace of change and improvement in healthcare by:

•clarifying areas of legal uncertainty;

•improving interoperability between systems;

•increasing awareness and skills among patients and healthcare professionals;

•putting patients at the centre with initiatives related to personal health management and supporting research into personalised medicine;

•ensuring free legal advice for start-up eHealth businesses.

The Commission also commits to issue a mHealth (Mobile Health) Green Paper by 2014 addressing quality and transparency issues.”

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Encryption by Default and Circles of Trust: Strategies to Secure Personal Information in High-Availability Environments – Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario Canada – 14 December 2012

Posted on January 2, 2013. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: , |

Encryption by Default and Circles of Trust: Strategies to Secure Personal Information in High-Availability Environments – Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario Canada – 14 December 2012

“As portable storage devices become increasingly prevalent in the health care sector, concerns also arise regarding the privacy and security of personal health information (PHI). Medical professionals in high-availability data environments, from family doctors to large hospitals, need to ensure data security and protect information through encryption as the default, as the potential for privacy breaches that can be costly and cause lasting damage to their reputation. Taking these steps provides a positive-sum, Privacy by Design approach which benefits both patients and caregivers.”

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Key Issues in Mobile Health and Implications for New Zealand – Health Care and Informatics Review Online – December 2012

Posted on December 4, 2012. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: , |

Key Issues in Mobile Health and Implications for New Zealand – Health Care and Informatics Review Online – December 2012

by Robyn Whittaker

Abstract

“mHealth or mobile health describes the use of mobile communications devices for health-related purposes. There is much interest in mHealth internationally at this time; including interest in interventions developed in New Zealand/by New Zealanders. A recent research project examined the key issues in the implementation of mHealth and the current opportunities to address those issues in the U.S. The key mHealth issues are outlined here under the themes of policy and regulation, the wireless environment, the health system, current mHealth initiatives in practice and research. This paper examines how these issues may apply in New Zealand and the current opportunities to address them. This information may be useful to those embarking on mHealth developments in New Zealand and may help to inform the inclusion of mobile capabilities within the NZ Health IT infrastructure.”

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Bring your own device: a toolkit to support Federal agencies implements BYOD programs – CIO Council – August 2012

Posted on August 28, 2012. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: , , , , |

Bring your own device: a toolkit to support Federal agencies implements Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs – CIO Council – August 2012

Product of the Digital Services Advisory Group and Federal Chief Information Officers Council [US]

 

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Guidelines for Managing and Guidelines for Managing and Securing Mobile Devices in the Enterprise (Draft) – National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – July 2012

Posted on July 19, 2012. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: , , , |

Guidelines for Managing and Guidelines for Managing and Securing Mobile Devices in the Enterprise (Draft) – National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – July 2012

“Abstract

Mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets, typically need to support multiple security objectives: confidentiality, integrity, and availability. To achieve these objectives, mobile devices should be secured against a variety of threats. The purpose of this publication is to help organizations centrally manage and secure mobile devices. Laptops are out of the scope of this publication, as are mobile devices with minimal computing capability, such as basic cell phones. This publication provides recommendations for selecting, implementing, and using centralized management technologies, and it explains the security concerns inherent in mobile device use and provides recommendations for securing mobile devices throughout their life cycles. The scope of this publication includes securing both organization-provided and personally-owned (bring your own device) mobile devices.”

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Selecting a Mobile App: Evaluating the Usability of Medical Applications – mHIMSS App Usability Work Group – July 2012

Posted on July 18, 2012. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: , , |

Selecting a Mobile App: Evaluating the Usability of Medical Applications – mHIMSS App Usability Work Group – July 2012

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

“Purpose of this Document
This document has been prepared as an aid to the healthcare provider or IT staff member who is engaged in the selection of mobile apps for his/her practice or  hospital organization. While formal, professionally conducted, usability evaluations can provide in-depth product comparisons they may not be a practical  consideration for small- to medium-sized practices. This guide outlines some basic steps, to include in a mobile app selection process, to assist practices evaluate mobile app usability, based on current usability recommendations and best practices. While the target audience of this guide is for the provider and smaller  practices, the steps outlined in this document can also be used by large practices and healthcare institutions.”

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HANDI – New UK network for healthcare app developers – British Journal of Healthcare Computing – 25 May 2012

Posted on May 25, 2012. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: , , |

New UK network for healthcare app developers – British Journal of Healthcare Computing – 25 May 2012

“[Warwick, UK/ Implementations] – HANDI, the Healthcare App Network for Development and Innovation, is a not-for-profit venture consisting of a group of UK clinicians, developers, informaticians and others who believe that healthcare apps provide the key to enabling IT to transform health and care.

It will support people with an interest in health and care apps — including patients, carers, health and care professionals, developers and those with tools and services to support the app community. It has a UK focus and is planning both physical and virtual activities.”

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