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 […]

The role of secure mobile messaging in healthcare

Mobile messaging is changing communication in healthcare. For health professionals, mobile messaging is a fast and efficient way of managing workflows and coordinating care, while from a patient’s perspective, the platform provides a convenient and familiar line of communication with practices and caregivers. More traditional methods of communication, like paging, are typically limited one-way communication […]

HHS guidance falls short of federal guidelines

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) guidance on security and privacy for HIPAA covered entities fails to comply with federal guidelines, according to a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. The report, released last Monday, found that HHS guidelines do not fully address key security controls of the Cybersecurity Framework, issued by […]

Three questions to ask a prospective HIPAA-secure messaging provider

Mobile messaging has become an integral tool for healthcare professionals in recent years, with an increasing number of care teams looking to HIPAA-secure mobile messaging solutions as an alternative to outdated paging systems. However, with so many vendors out there, finding a solution which is reliable, flexible and truly secure, is often easier said than […]

Three ways social media is positively impacting healthcare

Social media plays an ever growing role in the modern healthcare setting. Whether used as a means of obtaining health information, sharing ideas, or developing professional relationships, social media offers many potential benefits for health professionals and consumers alike. Below are three examples of how social media is positively impacting health care. 1. Professional sounding […]

Organizations not doing enough to promote HIPAA compliance and mobile security

According to our survey , developers of secure and compliant productivity tools for regulated industries, more than half (56 percent) of healthcare professionals believe their organization could be doing more to educate employees on HIPAA compliance and the rules around sharing Protected Health Information (PHI). More than three quarters (78%) of healthcare professionals use mobile […]