Asking physicians and staff to sign a mobile device agreement reinforces the importance of mobile security.
Practices must take extra precautions to secure protected health information when they allow their physicians and staff members to use personal mobile devices - such as smartphones, tablets, or laptops - for business or clinical purposes.
One important precaution to take: Ask physicians and staff to sign a bring your own device (BYOD) agreement. This agreement will reinforce the importance of mobile security, and it will serve as a reminder of important security protocols.
Here is a sample mobile device agreement provided by Chris Apgar, CEO and president of Portland, Ore.-based Apgar and Associates, LLC, a healthcare consulting firm specializing in privacy and security.