As more and more healthcare organizations move towards utilizing their professionals’ own personal digital devices as part of their duties, one question that healthcare administrators will have to face is how to choose the right secure messaging platform. This is no small decision: choosing an incompatible or insufficient platform can be costly, both to the organization and to the clients.
In order to help make this important decision a little easier, here are five questions for administrators to consider when selecting a secure messaging platform.
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It’s more important than ever to ensure that your organization is using or providing secure, encrypted tools when communicating about patients. Under the HITECH Act of 2009 requirements, which supplemented the HIPAA security guidelines, ePHI handled by both Covered Entities as well as their Business Associates must be transmitted, stored and accessed securely, as well as protected from reasonable threats and unauthorized access.
Why do people still use aging and insecure paging technology? First let's talk about the importance of security in your communications between staff. Secure messaging is of the utmost importance for medical staff and practitioners. It's very important to keep details and private information of the patient secure. Keeping HIPAA compliant is essential.