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Secure Messaging App Implemented in 26% of Healthcare Orgs

July 24, 2017 - 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 communications, with 49 percent of respondents saying they receive patient care–related (PCR) communication through pagers. Researchers analyzed...


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How Weak Mobile Health App Privacy, Security Affects Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

Mobile users are increasingly utilizing their devices for healthcare needs, whether it is through fitness trackers or even for communicating with providers. However, inadequate mobile health app privacy or policies that are difficult to understand...

Utilizing Secure Texting for Efficient, Simple Communications

by Elizabeth Snell

Maintaining HIPAA compliance in provider-to-patient communication and even in physician-to-physician communication is critical, which is why secure texting has increased in popularity. With technology evolving, organizations cannot afford to...

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...

DHS Mobile Device Security Study Urges Federal Improvements

by Elizabeth Snell

A recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report on improving the federal government’s approach to mobile device security could also have potential impact on healthcare’s mobile approach. The report is based off of a study conducted...

Mobile Security at Center of $2.5M OCR HIPAA Settlement

by Elizabeth Snell

The latest OCR HIPAA settlement was the first of its kind for a wireless health services provider, following allegations of ePHI disclosure due to a stolen laptop. Pennsylvania-based CardioNet provides remote mobile monitoring of and rapid response...

Mobile Security Strategies for Common Provider Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

As covered entities and business associates continue to adopt mobile security strategies, it can be increasingly difficult to find tools that are innovative but do not compromise security. Mobile app privacy and security worries and maintaining...

Mobile Security Essential Healthcare Provider Priority

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare providers continue to implement smart phones and tablets into their daily operations, which further underlines the need for current BYOD policies and a strong focus on mobile security. A recent HIMSS Analytics survey found that the...

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,...

What Happened with mHealth Security, Mobile Privacy in 2016?

by Elizabeth Snell

Covered entities and business associates are continuously searching for the technologies that can improve physician workflow, while also ensuring PHI security. Mobile devices are increasing in popularity, and are quickly becoming beneficial tools...

Health Data Privacy Risks Created with Wearable Devices

by Elizabeth Snell

Better standards on health data collection and use, and formal processes for assessing benefits and risks of using that data are to ways to help curb potential health data privacy risks that stem from wearables, according to a recent study. The...

Mobile App Security Top Concern for Health IT Decision Makers

by Elizabeth Snell

More healthcare providers are looking for ways to implement the latest mobile technologies, but mobile app security concerns and a failure to properly budget for IT changes could potentially put a damper on mHealth growth, according to a recent...

HIPAA Compliance Measures, Mobile Security Need Improvement

by Elizabeth Snell

As more healthcare organizations implement mobile options, ensuring that they maintain HIPAA compliance is essential. However, if a recent survey is any indication, covered entities have room for improvement when it comes to their mobile security....

Hospital Data Security Top CIO Priority for Mobile Workflow

by Elizabeth Snell

When it comes to mobile workflow investments, the majority of CIOs list hospital data security as a key driver, according to a recent Spok, Inc. survey administered by the College of Healthcare Information Management (CHIME). Specifically, 81...

Is the Human Body the Cure for Mobile Data Security Concerns?

by Elizabeth Snell

Using the human body to enable a physical layer of security could possibly eliminate certain mobile data security and medical device security concerns, according to recent research. University of Washington researchers explain in a paper that...

Mobile Security Key Focus in Recent NIST Resources

by Elizabeth Snell

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released two draft resources that highlight current mobile security threats and then provide guidance on how public and private organizations can best approach those threats....

Secure Texting, App Security Top Mobile Health Topics

by Elizabeth Snell

With more covered entities beginning to consider secure texting options or BYOD implementation, it makes sense that certain app security and mobile health security concerns also arise. However, the implementation process can be done securely,...

Hospitals Gravely Concerned on Mobile Device Security

by Elizabeth Snell

As more covered entities consider implementing BYOD policies, mobile device security policies need to be comprehensive and applicable to daily operations. All staff members should be able to integrate and use devices in a way without hindering...

Are You Prepared for Wearables and Mobile Health Security?

by Bill Kleyman

Between now and 2020, the healthcare world will continue to work through a critical digital revolution impacting patients, care, billing systems, life-saving technologies, and much more. Already, conversations around IoT and wearable solutions...

How Improper Off-Site Policies Impact Mobile Health Security

by Jacqueline Belliveau

For many providers, quality healthcare extends beyond the hospital walls, especially with the introduction of smart phones and mHealth technologies. However, as more healthcare organizations adopt mobile strategies, providers are becoming more...

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