Healthcare News & Insights

Risky texting: 3 reasons you shouldn’t text ePHI

Texting may be convenient, but when it comes to transferring healthcare information, it can be full of costly risks. In this guest post, Erik Kangas, founder of an Internet services company dedicated to secure web and email hosting, gives reasons why you shouldn’t text ePHI and what you can do to mitigate the risks.

Proof HIPAA compliance must be an ongoing effort

Hospitals take note: There are some important lessons about compliance to take away from this provider’s recent HIPAA violations settlement. 

Compliant physician texting in a HIPAA compliant healthcare environment

A breakdown in communication could be tied to more than 60% of all reported sentinel events in 2011, according to The Joint Commission (TJC). That’s a lot of unnecessary death or serious injuries that better communication could prevent. 

$1.5 million settlement for HIPAA security violations

Hospitals that use portable electronic devices to store and transmit electronic protected health information (ePHI) need to make sure they’ve taken the appropriate steps to protect patients’ information, and that it’s all documented. Otherwise, they could end up facing a $1.5 million HIPAA settlement like this practice.

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