Portable Electronic Devices in Healthcare: Latest Legal Threat for Providers

Protecting Private Information in Text Messages, Emails and Other Electronic Transmissions

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

Conducted on Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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Course Materials

This CLE course will prepare healthcare counsel to draft policies and procedures to govern the use of portable electronic devices in the healthcare setting. The panel will outline key considerations and safeguards to protect confidential information and ensure patient privacy.


The use of portable electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops are commonplace for business and personal communications. The increased use of these devices in the healthcare setting has many benefits for patient care but also creates a number of legal risks for hospitals and providers.

Healthcare facilities and their counsel must ensure the security of information stored on the devices to avoid violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act's (HIPAA) privacy, security and breach notification rules as well as state privacy laws.

Healthcare counsel should guide clients in developing and implementing well crafted policies and procedures to address the use of portable electronic devices and managing the legal risks arising from the use of such devices inside and outside of the healthcare facility.

Listen as our authoritative panel of healthcare attorneys discusses the latest trends in the use of portable electronic devices in the healthcare setting. The panel will explain best practices for developing and implementing a comprehensive usage policy that addresses privacy and security concerns.



  1. Portable electronic devices in the healthcare setting -- latest trends
    1. Emails
    2. Texts
    3. Social media
  2. Legal risks for hospitals and providers
    1. Patient privacy
    2. Professional liability
  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 portable electronic devices pose to hospitals, healthcare providers and patients?
  • What steps should hospitals, providers and their counsel take to protect patient information stored on a portable electronic device?
  • What are the key issues that should be addressed in an effective policy governing employees' use of portable electronic devices in the healthcare setting?

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


Dianne J. Bourque
Dianne J. Bourque

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo

Ms. Bourque counsels clients on the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Rule and Security Standards. She regularly...  |  Read More

Brian C. Vick
Brian C. Vick

Williams Mullen

He advises health care providers, insurance companies, long-term care facilities and pharmaceutical manufacturers on...  |  Read More

W. Clifford Mull
W. Clifford Mull

Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff

He regularly counsels clients on a number of regulatory issues, including licensure, certification and accreditation;...  |  Read More

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