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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

Chronic ailments are a critical health issue in the United States - from diabetes to asthma, millions of Americans suffer from chronic conditions. While there is no cure for many of these diseases, proper and consistent treatment is the key to managing the symptoms allowing individuals to live long, productive lives. An engaged patient - one that knows what to do and when to do it - is the key ingredient to managing chronic conditions. Healthcare organizations need to make engaging and activating these patients a top priority. One communication channel that must be part of any chronic condition management strategy is text messaging. Here's a brief examination of the role texting can play in managing chronic ailments.

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Topics: mhealth, Text Messaging, Medication Adherence, secure text messaging

Hospitals and healthcare organizations have developed into real digital powerhouses.

Providers store healthcare consumer data online via health information technology, patients access their records and provide feedback through online portals, and telemedicine technology enables doctors to provide care to patients on the other side of the planet.

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Topics: mhealth, Text Messaging, secure text messaging, digital health

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

The PopHealth Week Internet radio show focuses on the emerging Population Health issues, trends and key developments. Fred Goldstein (@fsgoldstein), CEO Accountable Health, LLC and Gregg Masters, MPH (@2healthguru), Founder and CEO Health Innovation Media serve as principal co-hosts of each show and tap thought leaders, entrepreneurs and academicians pioneering the continued development (both practice and theory) of this emerging space and any derivative plays they in turn stimulate. 

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Topics: Population Health, mhealth, secure text messaging, digital health, health IT