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Why Saint Mary’s Hospital Opted for Secure Messaging

December 17, 2014 - Waterbury, Conn.-based Saint Mary’s Hospital recently implemented a secure messaging system to improve its overall clinical communications. The facility opted for Imprivata Cortext, which is a HIPAA-verified secure communications platform for smartphones, tablets, and desktops. Tom Calo, Saint Mary’s technical solutions engineer, and Birgit Koellmer, nurse informaticist at the hospital,...


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