HHS has provided online tools to assist providers protect patient data in mobile devices, such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The initiative is called Mobile Devices: Know the RISKS. Take the STEPS. PROTECT and SECURE Health Information and is available at:
It offers educational resources such as videos, fact sheets, and posters to promote best ways to safeguard patient health information. According to HHS, along with theft and loss of devices, other risks, such as the inadvertent download of viruses or other malware, are top among reasons for unintentional disclosure of patient data to unauthorized users.