The use of employee-owned devices in the business setting
– often referred to as "bring-your-own-device"
or "BYOD" – presents data security challenges
for all businesses. In addition to worrying about loss or theft of
intellectual property and trade secrets, companies doing business
in the health care sector must also ensure compliance with security
standards under HIPAA as well as the HITECH Act. As
demonstrated by two settlement agreements related to data breaches
in the health care context, the risks presented by employee use of
personal devices for business purposes are real. If you are
interested in learning more about this issue, I encourage you to
read an article in HealthData Management written by
Stephen Bentfield and
Dianne Bourque. It examines the risks associated with BYOD
programs in the health care setting and provides tips on
development and implementation of compliant policies and
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about your specific circumstances.
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