The CIO's Guide to HIPAA Compliant Text Messaging

This whitepaper outlines the risk of insecure texting and provides guidance on how to comply with the HIPAA and HITECH Compliance Mandates.

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The risks associated with sending Electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) via unencrypted text messaging are significant, especially given the climate of rising enforcement of compliance with The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. However, there is high demand amongst healthcare providers to use text messaging as a fast, convenient way to communicate and collaborate with colleagues.

This whitepaper provides:

  • A detailed overview of the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, including HITECH Meaningful Use mandates, as it pertains to secure texting messaging of ePHI
  • Best practices for instituting a secure text messaging policy within your healthcare organization
  • A vendor comparison checklist for meeting HIPAA, security, administrative, security and vendor requirements