Mobile Medical Devices and BYOD: Latest Legal Threat for Providers

Developing a Comprehensive Usage Strategy to Safeguard Health Information and Ensure Patient Privacy

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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Course Materials

This CLE course will prepare healthcare counsel to develop policies and procedures governing the use of mobile medical devices in the healthcare setting. The panel will outline key considerations and safeguards to protect confidential information and ensure patient privacy.


The use of mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, along with their accompanying applications, is fairly routine for healthcare providers. Increased reliance on these devices has many benefits for patient care but also creates a number of legal risks for hospitals and providers.

Safeguarding confidential information on mobile devices and in BYOD healthcare environments is fraught with challenges. Counsel to healthcare providers must be vigilant in developing and implementing programs that address instances such as when devices are lost, stolen or otherwise compromised.

Policies must reflect mandates and guidance from regulatory authorities that have outlined the circumstances when certain devices may not be used, as well as which parties can be billed for such usage.

Listen as our authoritative panel of healthcare attorneys discusses the latest trends in the use of mobile medical devices in the healthcare setting. The panel will provide best practices for developing and implementing a comprehensive usage policy that addresses privacy, security and other legal concerns.



  1. BYOD in the healthcare setting—latest trends
    1. Information sharing via various platforms
  2. Legal risks for hospitals and providers
    1. Patient privacy
    2. Information security
  3. Developing a comprehensive strategy to minimize liability risks
    1. Technical safeguards
    2. Patient authorization
    3. Policies and procedures
    4. Physician and employee training


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What security threats do mobile medical devices pose to hospitals, healthcare providers and patients?
  • What steps should hospitals, providers and their counsel take to protect patient information stored on mobile medical devices?
  • What are the key issues that should be addressed in an effective policy governing BYOD?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


C. Elizabeth O'Keeffe
C. Elizabeth O'Keeffe

Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs

Ms. O'Keeffe is a member of the firm's Health Care Service Team.  She concentrates her practice in the...  |  Read More

Sarah E. Swank
Sarah E. Swank

Ober | Kaler

Ms. Swank provides advice and guidance on a wide range of health law issues, including Stark, anti-kickback, health...  |  Read More

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