SMS Is NOT Secure


Many pediatric hospital physicians are communicating with their staff through various text messages instead of using a secure HIPAA compliant messaging system. According to a University of Kansas study presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference in New Orleans, 90% of respondents said they regularly use a smartphone and 96% are using text messaging as their priority form of communication. It’s great to hear that the use of advanced technology is growing in hospitals and in the healthcare environment. However, with the use of smartphones comes the responsibility to adhere to certain compliance issues such as HIPAA. Text messaging is a convenient and favored form of communication nowadays but is not appropriate in healthcare environments because it does not adhere to these healthcare guidelines. SMS or Text messaging is also not appropriate for physicians because it is a personal form of communication that should not be used for […] Read more »