Survey: 17% of healthcare professionals report using mobile messages for protected health information

Given the increasing prevalence of mobile devices in the workplace, healthcare organizations may need to refocus their educational efforts regarding HIPAA compliance and cybersecurity, according to a Scrypt survey.

Here's what you need to know:

1. A total of 56 percent of healthcare professionals said that their organization could be doing more to educate employees on HIPAA compliance and the rules concerning protected health information.

2. A total of 17 percent of healthcare professionals said that they have sent or received protected health information through mobile messaging, 24 percent of which included names, 19 percent of which included telephone numbers and 13 percent of which included email addresses.

3. Of healthcare professions who reported sending protected health information via mobile messaging, 70 percent said they used a non-secure application, like iMessage or WhatsApp.

4. A total of 78 percent of healthcare professionals reported using mobile messaging at work; however, 52 percent of healthcare professionals responded "no" or "not sure" when asked if there were policies concerning the use of mobile messaging.

5. A total of 65 percent of healthcare professionals reported using the same mobile device for both professional and personal use.

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