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Slack Adds HIPAA-Compliant Features to Enterprise Grid Messaging

February 8, 2019 - Slack recently added HIPAA compliance to its security features, directly related to file uploads. While the compliance is not currently related to communication channels or direct messaging between patients and providers, two sources told CNBC that those features are expected in the coming months. In fact, the messaging and chat app for businesses confidentially went public on Monday,...


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UK NHS Releases Guidance on Instant Messaging Apps in Healthcare

by Jessica Davis

The United Kingdom National Health Service released new instant messaging guidelines for clinicians in the acute care setting, including privacy policies for sharing patient data. The guidance follows a damning CommonTime report that...

Acute Care Moves To Secure Healthcare Communication Platforms

by Fred Donovan

Acute care organizations are moving toward secure healthcare communication platforms that streamline enterprise-wide communication, while ambulatory organizations are focused on HIPAA-compliant secure messaging. That was one finding of a...

Secure Texting Becoming 1st Choice for Sending Healthcare Data

by Fred Donovan

Secure texting is becoming the first choice to send information while keeping sensitive data secured, according to a survey of 770 hospital professionals and 1,279 physician practices by Black Book Market Research. Eight-five percent of...

Healthcare Texting for Patient Appointments Could Pose Risks

by Fred Donovan

Healthcare organizations must be mindful of security when engaging in healthcare texting for patient appointments, advised MGMA Consulting Principal Nick Fabrizio in a recent blog post. Fabrizio was commenting on the results of a survey...

HIPAA Compliant Secure Messaging Top Mobile Communication Driver

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare IT teams are looking toward HIPAA compliant secure messaging options for their ideal mobile communication solution, according to a recent survey from PatientSafe Solutions. Seventy-seven percent of IT respondents said secure...

Symantec, VMware Named Best in KLAS for Data Security Solutions

by Elizabeth Snell

The Best in KLAS Awards were announced earlier this week, with Symantec, VMware, and Imprivata being named to the top slots of various data security solutions categories. KLAS took data from 2,500 interviews it conducts with providers and...

Healthcare Secure Messaging, EHR Integration Top CIO Focal Points

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare secure messaging is one of the top focal points for CIOs, with 72 percent reporting that they currently utilize secure texting as part of their mobile strategy, according to a recent survey. Seventy-six percent reported they...

48% of Providers Use Device Encryption for Texted Orders

by Elizabeth Snell

As more healthcare providers utilize secure texting for patient care, it is imperative that they consider PHI security. Technical safeguards, such as device encryption, will be essential in keeping sensitive data secure. However, a recent...

How Secure Messaging, Texting Benefit Healthcare Providers

by Elizabeth Snell

As cybersecurity threats continue to evolve and impact the healthcare industry, it is essential that providers are able to maintain communications to ensure patients receive necessary care. Healthcare secure messaging and secure texting...

Utilizing Secure Messaging in Disaster Recovery Planning

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations of all sizes know that it is important to hope for the best, but plan for the worst. Secure messaging tools are becoming an increasingly popular option for that approach, as it can give clinicians a quick and...

Why Halifax Health Opted for a New Secure Texting Option

by Elizabeth Snell

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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