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Technology Improves Care, But May Risk Privacy

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S. & CANADA

October 31, 2011

U.S. doctors have found it useful to text each other for rapid communication, but those who do may expose themselves to privacy and security violations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, American Medical News reports. One attorney recommends physicians check to see if their smartphones are capable of encryption, autolock and remote wiping--in case the phone is ever stolen. Meanwhile, in Canada, BC's health minister and Vancouver Coastal Health say a breach that occurred when a laptop was stolen at a Toronto airport could happen again because so many healthcare employees use portable devices.
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