Encryption For Data Protection
The federal government's "meaningful use" program calls for encryption on end-user devices. The program provides financial incentives for the use of certified electronic healthcare records technology to boost health and efficiency goals. Under the program, organizations must use secure electronic messaging to communicate with patients; track medications from order to administration with assistive technologies and give patients the ability to view, download and transmit their health information in a timely manner online. Mobile devices that cannot support encryption should not be used. According to PwC, beginning in 2014, failure to comply will mean the loss of incentive payments and, in 2015, penalties.