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HIPAA compliance is critical for every healthcare provider, as is sharing vital healthcare information with patients. How can clinicians utilize patient {prefered} forms of communication while remaining compliant?

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Topics: hipaa, hipaa messaging

With the vast majority of Americans using cell phones regularly, text messaging tools are an effective way of communicating with patients and monitoring their health.

Like all forms of healthcare related communication, it is critical to understand the “rules of the road” when it comes to texting and HIPAA compliance.  

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Topics: hipaa, secure text messaging

As healthcare organizations strive to improve communications among care team members and with patients, they increasingly look to mobile technologies. Of course, one of the key considerations when deploying mobile communication is maintaining HIPAA compliance. These regulations and rulings are constantly being altered and updated to protect patients - as a result, it can be difficult to keep up with the myriad of compliance requirements. Failing to do so, however, creates significant risk.

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Topics: Mobile, hipaa

Text messaging is a proven communication channel that is recognized in study after study for being an effective way to engage patients, change behavior, and improve outcomes.

Despite these results, there is a tendency to dismiss text messaging as a strategic communication and engagement tool within healthcare. Providers often express concerns that texting is not HIPAA compliant, their patient population does not text, and the utility of texting doesn’t extend beyond appointment reminders.

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Topics: hipaa, mhealth, Text Messaging, secure text messaging, digital health, health IT, healthcare

Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) have had a unique impact on surgical care in the United States because they specialize in same-day surgical care, which includes preventive procedures, diagnostics, and other procedures (such as colonoscopies, cataract removal, or spinal injections) that don’t require long-term hospital admissions. Before ASCs, most surgeries, ranging from minor procedures to intensive operations, were performed in the hospital setting. With so many surgeries to conduct, hospitals often suffered from limited operating room availability, scheduling challenges, surgeon burnout, and slow turnover times for operating rooms.

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Topics: Mobile, hipaa, mhealth, Text Messaging, ASC