ONC to hold mobile devices roundtable on March 16
Federal efforts to understand and manage the protection of health information on mobile devices will take an important step forward this week with a roundtable discussion.
Scheduled for Friday, March 16, the discussion will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.) in the Great Hall of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building at 200 Independence Ave. in Washington D.C. According to officials, it will include three panels comprised of federal officials and representatives of research, provider and industry organizations.
The panel descriptions are:
- Setting the federal stage: Current regulatory framework, guidance, standards and toolkits for providers and other healthcare delivery professionals using mobile devices;
- Real world uses of mobile devices by providers and other healthcare delivery professionals; and
- Real world mobile devices privacy and security practices, strategies and technologies.
The roundtable is being coordinated by the Health and Humans Services Department’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and MAXIMUS, a Reston, Va.-based provider of government services.
At that same time, the ONC is seeking public comments on privacy and security issues and best practices related to healthcare uses of mobile devices. That initiative runs through March 30.
Both the public comment period and the roundtable are part of the Privacy & Security Mobile Device project launched in January by the ONC’s Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, working with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights. They build on the existing HHS HIPAA Security Rule regarding remote use guidance.
‘The Mobile Devices Roundtable is one of the ways HHS is helping to create conditions for health information to flow securely,” said Joy Pritts, the ONC’s chief privacy officer, in a press release issued on March 8. “This initiative demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that privacy and security keeps pace with mobile health technology.”
Officials have listed four objectives for Friday’s discussion: