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Healthcare Secure Messaging, EHR Integration Top CIO Focal Points

December 27, 2017 - 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 plan to have secure texting within the next three years. Spok surveyed CHIME CIOs in June 2017 and found that EHR integration and secure messaging user adoption...


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48% of Providers Use Device Encryption for Texted Orders

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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 survey...

How Secure Messaging, Texting Benefit Healthcare Providers

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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 are quickly...

Top Tips for Mobile Device Security, Keeping ePHI Secure

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More healthcare organizations are utilizing smart phones, laptops, and tablets for daily operations, but failing to include these devices in an enterprise-wide risk analysis could lead to mobile device security issues. Entities need to maintain...

DirectTrust PHI Sharing Grows 20% at End of Q3 2017

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DirectTrust saw continued growth in the number of healthcare organizations engaged in DirectTrust exchange, increasing 54 percent from the same time last year. There was also a 20 percent increase in the number of DirectTrust addresses able to...

Using Secure Texting for Improved Patient Care, Data Security

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Implementing new technical solutions, such as secure texting, can help healthcare providers of all sizes and in different locations better care for patients and ensure PHI security. Regardless of where an organization is based though, federal...

Utilizing Secure Messaging in Disaster Recovery Planning

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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 efficient...

Data Security Top Reason Hospitals Prohibit Healthcare BYOD

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More hospitals are allowing healthcare BYOD policies, but data security is the top reason why an organization would prohibit such policies from being implemented, according to a recent Spok survey. Spok interviewed more than 350 healthcare leaders...

Why Halifax Health Opted for a New Secure Texting Option

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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....

How Mobile Healthcare Users Affect the Industry, Data Security

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We’re seeing a true evolution around mobile devices being brought into the healthcare world. Mobile healthcare users are quickly becoming the norm. As bring your own device (BYOD) programs continue to become more commonplace, 38 percent...

Maintaining PHI Security with Specialized mHealth App Usage

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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

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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

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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

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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...

How Weak Mobile Health App Privacy, Security Affects Patients

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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

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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

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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

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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...

DirectTrust PHI Sharing Grew 21% from 2016 to 2017

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DirectTrust use, including PHI sharing and Direct exchange transactions, continued to increase from Q1 2016 to Q1 2017, according to a DirectTrust statement. The number of healthcare organizations served by DirectTrust health information service...

Mobile Security Strategies for Common Provider Concerns

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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...

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