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years, with an increasing number of care teams looking to HIPAA-secure mobile messaging solutions as an alternative to outdated paging systems.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 […]

The fastest of the fast

Scrypt, Inc. was recently recognized by the Austin Business Journal as one of the fastest growing companies in in Central Texas in their annual Fast50 contest. This is the third year in a row that Scrypt has been featured on this list. To qualify for the Fast50, companies based in Central Texas must have experienced dramatic […]

Looking back at 20 years of HIPAA

Twenty years ago, on August 21, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) into law. In those two decades, healthcare has changed a lot, and HIPAA has assisted with those changes along the way. Those original privacy provisions, as signed by Clinton, totaled 337 words. By 2002, when the […]

The benefits of mobile messaging in healthcare

For healthcare professionals, having access to reliable and secure lines of communication is essential for delivering a timely and substantial level of care to patients. In today’s modern practice, mobile messaging has become an integral component in the clinical workflow, due to its many benefits, which include: Two-way communication Unlike paging, mobile messaging is a […]

Are text messages HIPAA-secure? Five steps to text messaging security.

According to a 2015 report into smartphone usage in the U.S., 97% of smartphone owners use text messaging as a means of communication on a regular basis, making it the most widely-used mobile feature of all. With these numbers in mind, it is clear to see why organizations are embracing text messaging as a way […]