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mHealth privacy concerns loom large

Experts are concerned about the security risks and privacy violations associated with the increasing use of mobile technology in healthcare. Laws governing the privacy of electronically stored protected health information (ePHI) can impose substantial penalties for violations. Mobile devices and apps used by physicians may not comply with security standards, increasing the risk of breaches. The federal government is increasing its enforcement efforts in this area, and state attorneys general now have the authority to enforce HIPAA. Patients need to be aware of the risks and consider the cost of their privacy. Healthcare organizations should create strong policies for smartphone use.

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