GDPR is coming… and it’s tougher than HIPAA

GDPR is coming… and it’s tougher than HIPAA General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a new framework for data protection laws, will force organizations to think well beyond the realms of the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance this year and beyond. GDPR will fundamentally modify how individuals’ personal and sensitive data can be processed, […]

Have you tried the DocbookMD secure mobile messaging app?

Have you tried the DocbookMD secure mobile messaging app? The all-new DocbookMD mobile app makes HIPAA-secure messaging between healthcare professionals a simple and straightforward process. Whether you’re an iOS or Android user, or prefer to utilize the web for your messaging needs, DocbookMD has you covered! But don’t just take our word for it… With […]

More reasons to be wary of texting in healthcare

We’ve spoken many times before about the risks associated with text messaging from a HIPAA compliance perspective, but there are other reasons to be wary of texting in the medical environment. Back in November 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an email to healthcare providers, explaining that the use of text […]

Three things HIMSS18 taught us about the future of healthcare

This year’s HIMSS event was bigger and better than ever, with 44,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives, and vendors from across the globe in attendance. Here are three key takeaways from this years’ event. Digital transformation improving communication In recent years, big data, interoperability, and artificial intelligence (AI) have all been the dominating themes at […]

Better clinical communications

Is texting HIPAA compliant?

Is texting HIPAA compliant? Let’s get this out of the way. Text messaging (SMS) is not HIPAA compliant. Not even a little bit. Text messaging is not HIPAA compliant because it lacks encryption, meaning messages are vulnerable to interception during transit. What’s more, because in the vast majority of cases text messages are stored on a […]

HIMSS18 Preview

HIMSS18 preview The 2018 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, which is being held on March 5–9 in Las Vegas, will bring together more than 45,000 healthcare and technology professionals from around the world for five days of education, innovation, and collaboration. With more than 300 education sessions, 1,300+ vendors, hundreds of special programs, and endless networking […]

Will your vendor sign a BAA?

In 2016, a survey undertaken by Bomgar revealed the average company’s network is accessed by 89 different vendors every week, and worryingly, only a third knew the exact number. Regardless of industry, this is a shocking statistic, but within healthcare, such lapse controls can be disastrous. Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), […]

Hospitals and Health Systems

A quarter of healthcare organizations willing to pay ransomware

Ransomware is reaching epidemic proportions. According to a report by Solutionary, the healthcare industry was the victim of 88% of all ransomware attacks in U.S. industries in 2016. A key driver of this could be the fact that nearly one-quarter of U.S. healthcare organizations would pay a ransomware demand following a cyberattack; so long as […]

Medical Societies

Healthcare interoperability: Are we there yet?

In 2015, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) revealed its much anticipated healthcare interoperability roadmap report – delivering a promising framework of free flowing patient data and improved patient care. The roadmap pinpointed three, six, and 10-year milestones with an ultimate goal to build a fully interoperable learning health system by 2024. But despite […]