Beginning in the 1960s, pager-like systems were put to use and quickly became the industry standard for sending messages. Over the last few decades, the way hospitals communicate sensitive information has evolved, and their technology needs have changed to secure Protected Health Information (PHI) in accordance with HIPAA rules. In light of this, hospitals are now searching for secure communication systems that are also more robust, such as miSecureMessages.
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.
Personal devices are saturating all facets of our society. The healthcare sector is no exception. Healthcare professionals, from nurses to doctors to home healthcare workers, are more and more frequently employing personal devices in the course of their work-related activities. A recent report showed that 80% of doctors use medical apps on their Smartphones.
For years, the concept of “interoperability” has been something of a holy grail in the exchange of health care information. Interoperability is the open flow of electronic communication across all sectors of patient care. This includes exchange of clinical information-- medical histories, lab results, prescription statuses, and appointment records-- between health care professionals and patients. But true interoperability encompases seamless transmission of data across all sectors of the health care system, including both clinical and financial realms.
Hospice and home healthcare workers play a vital role in ensuring comfort, safety, and recovery for a uniquely vulnerable clientele. Be it the hospice worker ensuring thoughtful, compassionate care in end-of-life situations or the healthcare worker working with a patient to stabilize and recover within his or her home, these health professionals are truly on the frontline of patient care.