Better clinical communications

The dos and don’ts of sharing sensitive data on a mobile device

According to Pew research, approximately 95% of Americans currently own a cellphone, and around 77% of those devices are smartphones.  This widespread adoption of mobile devices has only intensified the expectation of being able to communicate immediately, with a few swipes of a finger. It’s no surprise then, that mobile usage within the realms of […]

HIPAA compliance done right

Eliminating the risk of mobile data breaches in healthcare

As mobile usage becomes more prevalent in healthcare environments, and protected health information (PHI) becomes more portable, data breaches become more likely. To mitigate the associated risks, healthcare organizations should implement the following key steps: 1. Conduct regular risk assessments As a key requirement under the HIPAA Security Rule, healthcare organizations should conduct regular risk […]

Software and SaaS Companies

Could Amazon Alexa really transform healthcare?

Artificial intelligence and voice recognition technology is faster, more responsive, and more accurate than ever before. Systems such as Amazon’s Alexa are taking the world by storm, with devices finding their way into a growing number of homes of and businesses. However, the potential opportunities and benefits that Alexa could bring to the healthcare industry […]

The dangers of sharing your phone with others

The portability of smartphones makes them particularly susceptible to loss or theft. While, for most people, the loss or theft off a device presents little more than a costly inconvenience, in healthcare, the repercussions can be much worse. If a misplaced device has PHI (Protected Health Information) stored on it, even within an app, then […]

Healthcare Partners

Protect your organization this National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), an annual initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of Cyber Security and  provide Americans with the necessary tools and resources to stay safe and secure online, as well as improve the nation’s resilience against any potential cyber incidents. Businesses of all sizes, types, and functions […]

Most Americans fail cybersecurity best practices, even after being hacked

A recent survey conducted by Pew Research Center revealed that most Americans fail to follow security best practices, even after experiencing a form of data theft or fraud. Pew studied more than 1,000 American adults last year to gain insight into their attitudes toward cybersecurity and the measures taken to keep online data protected, finding […]

Out with pagers, in with mobile messaging

Pagers, also known as beepers, have been the backbone of communication for healthcare organizations for more than six decades. The technology was first developed back in the 1940s, and by the time the 90s came around, they were a standard piece of kit on the belt of almost every healthcare professional in the U.S. Fast […]

Mobile messaging and the HIPAA conduit exception rule

When selecting a company to manage and transmit PHI on your organization’s behalf, you may assume that those that state they offer HIPAA compliant solutions would be prepared to sign a Business Associate Agreement (BAA). However, this assumption may well be wrong, as some providers will refuse to sign a BAA on the grounds of […]

Mobile messaging myths debunked

Here we expose and solve four common myths about mobile messaging; a growing, yet often misunderstood means of communication in healthcare. Paging is a better alternative to mobile messaging The humble pager has long been a hallmark accessory for busy healthcare professionals across the country, and it is estimated that around 85% of hospitals still […]