Category: Healthcare

September 20, 2017 | by Shawn Lazarus

HIPAA Compliance Checklist – Pitfalls to Avoid

For a healthcare organization to be HIPAA compliant it needs to ensure that the right controls are in place to protect the privacy of patient information. This means that controls are provided to ensure that sensitive patient information is not left visible to non-relevant parties and that the exchange of information between practitioners follows HIPAA … Continued

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August 28, 2017 | by Shawn Lazarus

OnPage: Unified clinical communications for care teams

Gone are the days when a patient could go into a healthcare facility and only see one physician from start to finish. Today, care teams are replacing the traditional approach to healthcare. These newer models are more patient-centered and include “Teamlets ” and “Family Team Care ” as part of their approach. In order for … Continued

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August 23, 2017 | by Shawn Lazarus

OnPage Report: The impact of not securing healthcare communications

Recent data from the Journal of Hospital Medicine[1] highlights the battle for secure healthcare communications. Unfortunately, the battle is not progressing as well as one could hope. The statistics cited in the Journal’s July 2017 publication cite the following statistics: Almost 80% of clinicians continue to use pagers. It is the most commonly used technology by hospital-based … Continued

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August 17, 2017 | by Orlee Berlove

True cost of breached patient data

 Data breaches highlights why we need secure messaging for doctors Statistics published by the Journal of Hospital Medicine in July 2017 show that despite the persistent campaign to educate the healthcare community about the problematic nature of pagers  and unsecured messaging, both continue to be popular technologies. According to the Journal: Almost 80% of clinicians continue to … Continued

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August 10, 2017 | by Orlee Berlove

OnPage is in the TOP TEN for Best Healthcare Messaging App!

Voted Top Health Information App! Medical Technology Schools lists OnPage as one of the 10 most useful healthcare messaging apps. According to the article, OnPage: [C]ombines the function of a phone and messaging service with HIPAA-compliant security for a fantastic communication model in any healthcare setting. Healthcare is increasing realizing the penalties it pays by … Continued

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August 9, 2017 | by Shawn Lazarus

OnPage Report: HIPAA Compliant Messaging Myths Dispelled

In 2016, almost 85% (1) of physicians and hospital personnel reported that they brought their personal smartphones to work. At the same time, Accellion (2) also reported that 68% of healthcare security breaches were due to the loss or theft of personal mobile devices or files. These two statistics have led some healthcare institutions to … Continued

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August 4, 2017 | by Orlee Berlove

What is HIPAA secure messaging?

What is HIPAA secure messaging? A definition. HIPAA secure messaging means that the exchange of patient information – often referred to as protected health information (PHI) – between physicians, nurses and hospital employees is exchanged via a secure and encrypted platform which adheres to the mandates of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations. … Continued

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August 1, 2017 | by Bill Van Loon

The Challenge of Interoperability and Hospital Messaging

Interoperability describes the extent to which systems and devices can exchange data, and interpret that shared data. For two systems to be interoperable, they must be able to exchange data and subsequently present that data in a manner that can be understood by a user. Typically, this exchange is thought of in terms of how … Continued

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August 1, 2017 | by Shawn Lazarus

OnPage Report: Pager security in healthcare

The threats posed by unencrypted pagers We recently had a chance to interview Adam Greene, a lawyer in Washington D.C. with the firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. One of Adam’s most intriguing cases occurred in 2014 with a hospital client. This hospital’s doctors and staff used pagers to routinely communicate about a patient’s status or … Continued

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