[ Monday, March 04, 2013 ]


Verizon Announces Secure Universal Messaging System at HIMSS: the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference is going on in New Orleans, and according to BNA, Verizon has announced that it is developing an open-source, secure messaging system that will allow healthcare providers to text safely and securely.  Apparently, this system will serve as a bridge between different EMR systems.  BNA is subscription service, so I looked for any other announcement about this online, but haven't seen it.  If I see one, I'll update this.

I've been speaking a lot lately on medical record and HIPAA issues, and one thing that comes up a lot is whether physicians can text safely, or if they should not text at all.  There are a lot of problems raised by texting, but a secure system, with the ability to retain texts, would go a long way to curing those problems.   It would be nice to see Verizon working on something more along those lines. 

UPDATE: Here's a free link to another source on the Verizon announcement.

Jeff [9:52 PM]

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