Be Careful When Sharing your Phone

Our job as physicians has an infamous reputation for blurring lines between our work and personal lives. This blurred line carries over to patient security and can potentially be a big deal because of HIPAA/HITECH security regulations. Here’s an example of a rule you may not even know you are breaking. Allowing your child to […]

Snapping Pictures of Patients – Legal?

The recent final rule of the HITECH Act outlines that even if the physician is unaware of the violation, they may be fined a civil penalty of $100 – $50,000 per violation. It is time for even the most resistant doctors to pay attention to how they handle protected health information (PHI). Here’s a scenario […]

Dangers of unsecure texting

Doctors do not plan ahead to violate HIPAA, but in this digital age, they may be doing it because they did not plan ahead. Here is a common way physicians are breaking HIPAA/HITECH privacy and security rules, and may not even know it. Texting PHI to members of your care team. It’s a simple scenario: […]

Austin Leads The Top 12 American Boomtowns

Bloomberg Rankings sorted through U.S. Census data for metropolitan areas to rank those with the greatest population growth, then scored areas on growth in gross domestic product, adjusted for inflation. Combine the two scores and winnow the list to regions with more than 1 million residents, and you have American’s fastest-growing cities. The Austin area […]

Getting started with DocbookMD: An orientation

We recently expanded our user base at DocbookMD, and found ourselves teaching the basics to hundreds of new doctors and medical society executives around the country. What became quickly apparent was the fact that while DocbookMD is very simple to use, the best features are not always obvious until you have used them once. What […]

mHealth: A new era in medicine

Mobile Healthcare, or mHealth, is quickly becoming mainstream in the medical community. Physicians are increasingly reporting that they do not feel comfortable with growing patient workloads in this time of ever-changing healthcare delivery. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as doctors have more consulting physicians to collaborate with, higher complexity of diseases to manage, and […]

Communication without borders

G. Bernard Shaw once said, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” It’s no secret that communication between health care providers is far from where it needs to be. Just to grasp the magnitude – look at the 2009 cross-sectional study of Medicare claims data by Pham et […]

Physicians: Mobile communication saves lives

With the number of serious medical errors on the rise due to miscommunication between health care providers, it is shocking that there has been little meaningful change in this area in the past decade. Few changes would lower medical costs and improve health outcomes like opening communication between physicians. The Joint Commission has estimated that […]

HIPAA-compliant vs. HIPAA-secure in mobile health technology

This terminology is undergoing a bit of a revamp as the subtleties come into question. Simply put, HIPAA-compliant is an action, and HIPAA-secure is an adjective. Compliance includes active, on-going choices that a physician (or other covered entity) makes in order to keep protected health information (PHI) safe. It is the covered entity’s responsibility to […]