Text messaging in healthcare: the debate goes on

A growing number of medical professionals are turning to mobile devices to coordinate care and manage patient health outcomes. Yet the use of text messaging specifically remains a contentious topic in the healthcare industry. Back in 2011, The Joint Commission published a document stating that it is not acceptable for physicians or licensed independent practitioners […]

Scrypt upholds high security standards with SOC2 HITRUST CSF certification

Scrypt, Inc., successfully completed a Service Organization Controls (SOC) 2 Type II assessment using the HITRUST CSF to meet the trust principles. HITRUST CSF is the result of a collaboration between the Health Information Trust (HITRUST) Alliance and AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) to develop and publish a set of recommendations that streamline and […]

Download our new guide – Mobile health & HIPAA: Playing it safe in 2017

A growing number of health providers are looking to mobile devices to improve operational efficiencies and patient health outcomes within their organizations. Yet, according to The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a reported 10% of major health data breaches involve a mobile device. This figure considered, it comes as little surprise that […]

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 […]

Data Privacy Day: A reminder to stay safe online

The date, January 28, marks National Data Privacy Day, an educational initiative that aims to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices. The occasion was originally founded to encourage businesses and internet users to reflect on the importance of protecting the privacy of their personal information online, particularly on social networks. Today, […]

2016 HIPAA roundup & year end review

2016 was a busy year for HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the agency responsible for enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). In the year when HIPAA itself celebrated its 20th birthday, let us cast our minds back to some of the major HIPAA-related stories of the past 12 months, […]

Avoiding a BYOD nightmare this holiday season

The holidays are coming, and most of us are looking forward to taking some time away from work, to relax and unwind with friends and family. With this, many of us will set our workplace computers to an ‘out of office’ status, and carry out any essential tasks remotely from our mobile phones, laptops and […]

Communication & Documentation – What is the burden of proof?

Electronic medical record (EMR) integration is certainly a hot topic for any technology in the healthcare world today. The push for integrating mobile communication solutions with the EMR seems logical, but perhaps there are some bigger questions to answer first. While EMRs do a great job of providing digital documentation of a patient’s history of […]

Shadow IT in healthcare: Risks & rewards

The term shadow IT is used to describe any IT system being used within an organization, without the organization’s knowledge or consent. While shadow IT can help to improve workflows, it can also introduce security failings which may not be picked up until it’s too late. According to a recent report by Gartner, it is […]