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 […]

HIPAA can’t keep up with fast-moving consumer technologies

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a report to Congress, outlining the gaps that exist in the scope of health data protection. The 32 page document serves to recognize that “While HIPAA serves traditional health care well and continues to support national priorities for interoperable health information with its media-neutral […]

Medical professionals seek secure mobile communication platform for efficient workflow – Not Social Networks

Mobile communication is an integral and growing part of every aspect of modern life, including healthcare. Fast and secure communication between care team members can measurably improve clinical efficiency as well as patient outcomes—this is a given. In addition, federal and state requirements for electronic health recordkeeping are pushing many medical professionals to aggressively begin […]

Cost of healthcare data breaches revealed in Ponemon Data Breach Study

It will probably come as no surprise that the average cost of a data breach in the healthcare industry was the highest of all surveyed industries in a recent Ponemon Institute report. Setting a new record high at $402 per capita cost, healthcare data breaches have increased substantially above the overall mean of $221. Despite the […]

HIPAA and personal representatives

The industry news is often filled with reports surrounding the topic of patient privacy, generally stemming from a breach of medical records without any form of consent in place. But issues can also arise when patient information is not shared with family and friends, either because medical staff have withheld details, or patients themselves choose […]

Joint Commission lifts ban on clinical texting of orders

Physicians have long recognized the benefits of a mobile workflow, having the ability to carry out tasks with minimal disruption is an effective means of delivering care to their patients. In fact, around 87 percent of doctors are currently using smartphones and tablets to complement their workload. Secure text messaging is becoming an increasingly popular […]