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Joint Commission Clarifies Text Messaging Rules for Doctors

December 20, 2016 - The Joint Commission is clarifying its guidance on text messaging for providers, saying clinicians can use a HIPAA-compliant platform to send messages to each other but can’t text patient care orders. The commission reportedly made its latest decision in August, then issued a clarification in its December online newsletter. It continues a summer-long debate over whether mHealth...


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Joint Commission Clarifies Text Messaging Rules for Doctors

by Eric Wicklund

The Joint Commission is clarifying its guidance on text messaging for providers, saying clinicians can use a HIPAA-compliant platform to send messages to each other but can’t text patient care orders. The commission reportedly made...

For mHealth Messaging, That Pager Isn’t as Secure As You Might Think

by Eric Wicklund

Smartphones and secure messaging apps may be gaining favor in health systems these days, but many providers still use good old-fashioned pagers for emergency communications. And that may be putting patient privacy at risk. Developed in the 1940s...

Text Messaging Program Offers an mHealth Nudge to Busy Parents

by Eric Wicklund

A text messaging program is boosting engagement for a Minnesota health system’s youngest patients simply by reminding their parents to schedule well-child visits. More than 70 percent of the parents contacted by the Park Nicollet Health...

5 Keys to a Secure mHealth Messaging Platform

by Eric Wicklund

A new survey finds that health systems can follow all the rules for protecting patient data in mHealth messaging platforms, but that won’t work if their employees have a cavalier attitude toward security. About half of healthcare providers...

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