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Mobile health (mHealth) tools have the potential to play a pivotal role in fostering a sense of greater patient engagement within underserved populations. By facilitating patient use of mHealth applications in collaboration with electronic health record (EHR) and personal health record (PHR) systems there is an opportunity to empower individuals to take a more active role toward managing their health conditions.

The proliferation of consumer mobile health applications and devices is creating new opprotunities for engaging patients in their care and leaves little doubt as to the impact that these tools will have on the way that people manage their health, health information, and health communications with their care providers, family and friends. This shift to increased self-management of health by consumers will change a patient’s relationship with their doctor and the way healthcare is practiced.
The current laws and standards in place to ensure patient’s privacy and health information security will need further review to determine whether mobile health technologies create unique situations that are not yet addressed. This poses many challenges for health centers as to how best to support patient use of these tools and ways in which to incorporate them into their own clincial support systems.

Mobile health characterizes a shift in the point of care for the patient. The point of care has classically been located at the hospital or clinic. Mobile health is beginning to shift this model so that the point of care is more frequently a matter of where the person happens to be located at that time, consequently providing opportunities for more timely care. It is also important to note that these tools help to increase the accessibility of Healthcare to populations where direct access to Healthcare professionals is limited and so health management is more frequently left in the hands of the consumer.

The tools provide in this resource cover a range of different mobile health tools, strategies, and guidelines for consideration as Health Centers seek to leverage these technologies to better engage and activate their patients.

Mobile Health Resources
Mobile Device Security: Managing Cloud-based & Hybrid Solutions in Healthcare Settings

Mobile Device Security: Managing Cloud-based & Hybrid Solutions in Healthcare Settings

A National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence Practice and Resource Guide

In the lab at the NCCoE, part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), we built an environment based on typical mobile devices and an enterprise email, calendaring, and contact management solution. Additionally, we demonstrated how security can be supported throughout the mobile device lifecycle, including:

  • configure a device to be trusted by the organization
  • maintain adequate separation between the organization’s data and the employee’s personal data stored on or accessed from the mobile device
  • handle the de-provisioning of a mobile device that should no longer have enterprise access (e.g., device lost or stolen, employee leaves the company.

The NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guide is available as a draft. For ease of use, the draft guide is available to download or read in volumes

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This resource collection was cultivated and developed by the HITEQ team with valuable suggestions and contributions from HITEQ Project collaborators.

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