O-N-C, The Office Of The National Coordinator For Health Information Technology and O-C-R, The Office For Civil Rights, which are both in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, want to make sure that health care providers who hold protected health information (P-H-I), or use mobile technology to access, receive, transmit or store P-H-I have reasonable and appropriate privacy and security safeguards in place. this video series offers some important tips and information to help providers and staff keep patients’ health information private and secure when using mobile devices. Mobile devices. Those things we can’t live without… smart phones, tablet PCs and laptop computers. They can be personally owned or provided to you by your office or organization. They’re portable, small, easy to use and convenient. We can email, text, fax, transmit test results… even access patient records and reference information at the touch of a finger. Any time protected health information P-H-I is being accessed, received, transmitted, or stored, health care providers need to think about privacy and security. Let’s talk about HIPAA. The HIPAA privacy and security rules were issued under the health insurance Portability and Accountability Act. These rules set national standards for protecting P-H-I against unauthorized use or disclosure and safeguards for the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic P-H-I. Health care providers who are HIPAA covered entities must take steps to protect the privacy and security of their patients’ P-H-I. This means whether you are a doctor practicing by yourself, or in a hospital setting, or in a group practice; or you are a healthcare professional such as a nurse, or a therapist, or a home health aide, or you work at a clinic, or physician’s office or other health care facility – you must protect and secure patients’ P-H-I, no matter what kind of technology you’re using. We have a responsibility to work together to protect and secure patients’ health information. If patients think they can’t trust you to protect their privacy, or if they think you’re careless with health information, you may lose their trust. There is also the real possibility of damage to your reputation, legal costs and penalties. So how can you protect the privacy and security of patients’ health information when using a mobile device? By watching these five short videos, you will learn more about identifying and implementing mobile device safeguards; protecting health information against the possibility of the device being stolen; and using a public network. We’ve also gathered tips and examples of measures you can put in place immediately, such as encryption, using a strong password or locking your screen. Finally, you can find answers to questions about topics such as texting, password management, and how to dispose of a mobile device. All providers are different and their privacy and security considerations are different. These five videos are limited examples of some risks and safeguards. They are not all inclusive of every risk and every safeguard you should consider. You can view all these helpful tips and information on the mobile device privacy and security website. Let us know if you have questions we haven’t answered by submitting a comment through the mobile device privacy and security website.