Mobile devices make it easier to store, share and steal medical records

July 21, 2011 by MassDevice staff

Mobile devices pose unique risks for patient medical records, but not because of hackers or viruses - they're easier to steal or lose.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Patient medical records are harder to keep safe when they're stored on mobile devices like iPads and smartphones, but it's not because of an innate vulnerability in mobile platforms - it's because they're easier to steal.

More than 116 cases of data breaches that exposed at least 500 patient records resulting from loss or theft were reported in less than two years, according to a Dept. of Health & Human report spanning Sept. 22, 2009, to May 8, 2011.

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