Mobile healthcare (mHealth) is poised to have a huge impact on patient adherence, clinical trials, connected devices, and other B2C, B2B, and B2E apps (see Top 10 Healthcare Mobile Apps in 2017).
mHealth drives increased productivity, lower costs, and improved patient-centric healthcare. But mobile apps pose new challenges for adhering to HIPAA requirements for securing electronic Protected Health Information (PHI). If you plan on building mHealth apps that store, manage, and pass PHI to a covered entity, you will need to be HIPAA compliant. Healthcare organizations that fail to implement the necessary safeguards as required by these laws risk exposing sensitive PHI and may also incur the high costs of non-compliance.