On Monday, mHealthWatch was made privy to the alarming findings of a new report released today by Infinite Convergence Solutions, Inc.
The study in questions finds that only 8 percent of healthcare institutions prohibit consumer messaging apps for employee communication.
What’s more, only 1 in 4 healthcare institutions who have an official mobile messaging platform are using an internal, company-authorized app. The rest are recommending or using consumer-facing messaging apps and services that do not provide the enterprise-grade security needed to comply with regulations, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
“The global healthcare industry is under strict privacy and security regulations to protect patient information, but our study finds that the vast majority of healthcare institutions are not using mobile messaging services that are compliant with these regulations,” said Anurag Lal, CEO of Infinite Convergence Solutions. “Healthcare employees communicate inherently sensitive information, like patient prescriptions, medical information, etc., yet their employers do not have the proper mobile messaging security infrastructure in place to adhere to HIPAA or other regulatory requirements.”
For more information gleaned from the report, click here.