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CMS Clarifies Texting Rules Amid Rumors of mHealth Message Ban

December 29, 2017 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has re-affirmed its position on physician texting following news reports that the agency was moving to ban the mHealth messaging platform. In a Dec. 28 Survey & Certification Letter to state survey agency directors, David R. Wright, director of CMS’ Survey and Certification Group, reiterated that texting patient information among care...

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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...

Text Messaging Ban Reinstated for Providers

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are once again banning healthcare providers from using text messaging tools until at least late this year. The Joint Commission, which lifted its ban on text messaging this past May, has announced that it needs more time to...

What the Joint Commission’s Guidance on Texting Means for Physicians

by Terry Edwards of PerfectServe

The Joint Commission recently issued new guidance to give physicians and other independent practitioners the ability to not just communicate via text, but to actually use secure texting platforms to deliver orders. This is a major change from...

Joint Commission Ends Text Messaging Ban for Clinicians

by Eric Wicklund

Fire up those smartphones - the Joint Commission is ending its five-year-old ban on text messaging. Effective immediately, “licensed independent practitioners or other practitioners in accordance with professional standards of practice,...

Secure Text Messaging Apps Boost Provider Communication

by Sara Heath

Secure text messaging apps may be the future of interprofessional communication within a hospital, according to a recent report published in the Journal of Medical Information Research. A research team led by Bhavesh Patel, BSc, MB BS, MRCS,...

Secure Text Messaging Study Shows Clinical Benefits

by Eric Wicklund

Two Pennsylvania hospitals have found that care teams using a secure text-messaging program can reduce their patients’ length of stay. A study of some 11,500 patients at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical...

Mobile Health Applications, Health IT Boosts Communication

by Vera Gruessner

One of the most interesting aspects of the mobile health sphere is its ability to promote communication across the healthcare sector from physician groups, laboratories, pharmacies, and patients themselves. Whether it’s through alert systems,...

Effect of SMS, Mobile Health Technology on Patient Adherence

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Of all the forms of mobile health technology used to promote adherence of patients to chronic disease management (mAdherence), text messaging continues to exceed on others in terms of its availability, frequency of use, and effectiveness. This...


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