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Why Halifax Health Opted for a New Secure Texting Option

September 7, 2017 - There is a fine line between implementing innovative technologies, such as secure texting solutions, and ensuring healthcare data security. Additionally, physician and clinician workflow must also be considered with any new systems or devices. It’s important to keep things simple in IT and work on adhering to four main objectives, according to Halifax Health CIO Tom Stafford. Customer...


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Maintaining PHI Security with Specialized mHealth App Usage

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare secure messaging is an increasingly popular way for clinicians to communicate with patients, even offering patients the chance to better manage chronic conditions. PHI security cannot be compromised with the technology though, and...

Top 4 Key Concerns in Healthcare Mobile Security Options

by Elizabeth Snell

It can be daunting to choose the right mobile tools to help a healthcare organization stay innovative. It can be even more daunting though to ensure that mobile security remains a top priority and that PHI stays secure. Healthcare IT leaders...

Secure Messaging App Implemented in 26% of Healthcare Orgs

by Elizabeth Snell

Few hospitals have access to a fully implemented secure messaging system, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. The majority of hospital-based clinicians – 79.8 percent – are provided pagers for...

Secure Messaging Key Focal Point for Most Wired Hospitals

by Elizabeth Snell

Smart phones are becoming increasingly critical aspects for healthcare providers, with the American Hospital Association’s Hospital & Health Networks (H&HN) Most Wired rankings showing secure messaging a key tool for patients and...

Increased Training Can Benefit Healthcare Secure Messaging

by Elizabeth Snell

With patient portals helping fuel healthcare secure messaging, additional training for both patients and providers can help alleviate “rules of engagement” concerns, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet...

CIOs Report Budgets are Top Patient Data Security Risk

by Elizabeth Snell

Patient data security should always be a top priority for healthcare providers, but ensuring PHI security has become more difficult as clinical mobility continues to expand. Just over half – 56 percent – of surveyed healthcare CIOs...

Provider Secure Messaging May Encourage Patient Communication

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare providers may have a positive impact in how patients utilize secure messaging, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR). Provider secure messaging levels can predict their patients’...

How Effective is Secure Messaging in Healthcare Communication?

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare communication is ever-evolving, as more organizations continue to implement BYOD options and secure messaging or secure texting platforms. Providers want to have effective ways to communicate that do not compromise patient information....

How Secure Communication Platform Benefits TX Health System

by Elizabeth Snell

As more healthcare providers are implementing mobile devices and opting for new technologies to improve patient care, the need for secure communication platforms have become more necessary. Physicians need to be able to communicate with one another,...

DirectTrust Voices Concern for Cybersecurity in Healthcare

by Elizabeth Snell

The new administration needs to understand the importance of creating strong cybersecurity measures in healthcare, according to DirectTrust. Encryption, authentication, and identity management are all critical requirements to help policy and...

How HIPAA Rules Can Aid Evolving Technology, Not Hinder It

by Elizabeth Snell

Communication technology is quickly evolving, and many healthcare providers are trying to keep pace. They could be looking to implement secure texting options or even consider communicating with patients through social media, but HIPAA rules...

Secure Texting Ban Reinstated, Commission Calls for Guidance

by Elizabeth Snell

The previously announced secure texting ban removal by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare (JCAHO) has since been delayed, according to the Commission’s online June newsletter. More guidance is needed “to ensure a...

Secure Email Key in New DirectTrust Patients Program

by Elizabeth Snell

Last week DirectTrust launched its Partnership for Patients Program (P4PP), a new initiative that hopes to improve communication between patients and their providers, utilizing secure email to ensure that health information can be safely exchanged....

Using Secure Healthcare Texting for HIE Communication

by Elizabeth Snell

Whether a healthcare organization opts for BYOD strategies or prefers to distribute corporate-owned devices, secure healthcare texting is quickly becoming a popular way to communicate. With the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare...

Is Healthcare Secure Messaging Necessary for Providers?

by Elizabeth Snell

Utilizing healthcare secure messaging and secure texting is quickly becoming a popular option for healthcare providers of all sizes. Organizations see it as a way to communicate quickly, efficiently, and even potentially cut down on certain operating...

Healthcare Secure Messaging Benefits Texas Hospital, ACO

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare secure messaging is quickly becoming a key option for healthcare providers, especially as technology continues to evolve and mobile devices increase in popularity. Doctors, nurses, and other employees need to ensure that they can securely...

Joint Commission Lifts Ban on Clinician Secure Texting

by Elizabeth Snell

The Joint Commission announced in its May 2016 Perspectives newsletter. that it has ended its ban on clinician secure texting and secure messaging options. While healthcare organizations may allow orders to be sent via text messaging, the commission...

How Secure Messaging Closed UofLSD ‘Technology Gap’

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare secure messaging options are quickly becoming more commonplace in the industry, with more employees needing ways to communicate immediately for proper patient care but also in a way that won’t compromise data. The University...

Are Secure Patient Portals a Necessary Step for Providers?

by Elizabeth Snell

LAS VEGAS - Secure patient portals could be a critical step forward for healthcare providers when it comes to their data security plans if a recent HIMSS survey is any indication about the future of connected health. The 2016 HIMSS Connected...

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