Magazine Article | November 18, 2014

California Hospital Makes Text Messaging More Efficient And Secure

Source: Health IT Outcomes

By Rod Moore, Contributing Writer

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian provides secure text messaging to 1,500 physicians to streamline communication and discovers added savings after rollout.

While bring-your-own-device, or BYOD, is commonplace in hospitals and healthcare organizations, sending unsecure text messages could be a costly mistake. Fines for a single HIPAA violation typically amount to $50,000 and could reach $1.5 million for repeated violations, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The adoption of BYOD programs is likely to continue as clinical workflow improvements that save time are more in demand than ever. Although HIPAA guidelines dictate that text messages should be sent securely, clinicians will likely use SMS text messaging if there aren’t alternatives in place.

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