Moving Beyond Pagers into Secure Messaging

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.

Technology like the pager had its origins in the very early 1960s. It is still in use today in the medical industry all over the world, usually reserved for locations or situations where cell phone coverage or internet access is limited. It might come as a surprise to see just how widespread this old and insecure technology still is.

Motorola ceased manufacturing new pager units in 2001. While some are still produced, it is a dying technology for the modern medical industry, and the smartphone is the tool of the future to handle messaging needs. The paging industry in the US has seen significant and continued decline since the peak of paging use in the mid-1990s. Sooner or later, every location in the US still using pager technology will need to convert to a more modern and secure type of internal messing system.

The disadvantages of the pager have become quite apparent. One major flaw in the technology comes in relation to broadcast security. Pager technology causes a message to be broadcast to every pager device in the pager’s service area. This means that criminal listeners in the area could intercept it. It is the responsibility of the medical practice to keep these transmissions secure, and you can't do this with pager technology in the 21st century.

Replacing the old technology with new

Thankfully the aging insecure paging technology is being replaced in varying stages in different industries all over the world. Cell phones and secure messaging technology like miSecureMessages are making leaps and strides into bringing the messaging system into a new era. Let's go over why.

Recent well-publicized and embarrassing private data leaks from large companies have caused distress to the clients of the companies involved, and have caused no shortage of embarrassment to the company directors and security officials in charge of keeping their clients’ data secure. Once hacked into, and private and confidential information about a client is stolen, that data is lost to the criminal world for good.

Situations like this are becoming quite common and happen more than is publicized by the media. The nature of the crime ensures stealth, with credit card details stolen, client addresses and telephone numbers, marital status and other information stored by companies and entrusted by their clients to keep secure. Failing them in this manner is a big concern in the 21st century digital world and needs to be treated with the importance and attention it deserves.

This means that medical institutions must take every reasonable step towards technological modernization and improving your security to make sure that your operation doesn't become another headline in the news about poor security and data management.

Remember that it's not just computers and wireless computer networks that store and transmit intercept-able data, but all forms of transmissions. What you need to be using is newer technology that encrypts the data being sent, making it HIPAA compliant to be sent from a cell phone using secure messaging.

Conclusions and Contact

Secure encrypted messages are the way of the future, and with the help of miSecureMessages, you can bring your operations forward into a new more secure era of messaging between your staff and operations in a cost effective way, while doing way with old pager technology.

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