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Can BlackBerry Really Move the Needle for mHealth?


Can BlackBerry Really Move the Needle for mHealth?   NantHealth mobile HIPAA health BlackBerry BlackBerry may be a shell of its former self among the modern smartphone superpowers of the world, but that doesn’t mean the embattled mobile giant isn’t still looking toward the future – a future rich with potential for mHealth.

Earlier this month, BlackBerry made its hopes for mHealth clear when it announced an investment in healthcare IT leader NantHealth.

The companies intend to collaborate on the development of HIPAA and other government privacy certified, integrated clinical systems that transform the delivery of medical care.
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Google Glass to Provide Mobile Access to Patient Images, Health Info


Google Glass to Provide Mobile Access to Patient Images, Health Info   OneDX mobile health mHealth news mHealth HIPAA Google Glass Google apps Google Glass holds enormous potential for the application of modern healthcare. From the ER to the OR, Google Glass may one day revolutionize and expedite traditional medical care, while increasing efficiency and reducing human error.

That’s the expectation of countless industry analysts and market watchers who expect big things from Google Glass in mHealth and telemedicine.

Case in point: OneDX recently unveiled Google Glass as a new platform for mobile access to patient images and health information

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Hackers Responsible for Massive HIPAA Security Breach


Hackers Responsible for Massive HIPAA Security Breach   security breach patient privacy Mobile Devices mHealth HIPAA Regrettably, a recent security breach by hackers has now been exposed as one of the biggest HIPAA security breaches in history.

New published reports indicate that hackers managed to infilitrate a server belonging to a Texas healthcare system. In the process, health information of more than 400,000 people was compromised.

The five-hospital St. Joseph Health System in Bryan, Texas, on Tuesday reported it had experienced a three-day long data security attack back in December, when certain parties gained unauthorized access to a server containing patient and employee Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and medical information.

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The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Proposes A New HIPAA Rule


The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Proposes A New HIPAA Rule   U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HIPAA rules HIPAA health compliance In an effort to ensure compliance, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a proposed rule that would require each CHP to submit a “snapshot” of information to document their compliance to the HHS secretary. This would be part of the HIPAA auditing program that goes into effect this year. The documentation would showcase the CHPs compliance with all new standards and operating rules for the 3 electronic transactions that are being put into place under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

The 3 electronic transactions that will be under watch for compliance are eligibility for health plans, healthcare claim status, and healthcare electronic funds transfers (EFT) and remittance advice (ERA) transactions.

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RecordVault Wants To Be The Solution For Mobile Health Data Security


RecordVault Wants To Be The Solution For Mobile Health Data Security   security RecordVault PerSysTek patient privacy mobile health mobile data security mHealth apps mHealth HIPAA A recurring theme at the HIMSS 2013 conference and expo this week in New Orleans was the security of mobile health data.

With mobile technologies becoming central to expanded remote patient care and consultation, the challenge of securing patient information is growing by the day.

As a result, PerSysTek is behind a new solution that may rise to this very challenge.

Many of the vendors at HIMSS have great solutions meeting various mobile health (mHealth) needs but Physicians and Patients have been leery of adopting such technologies due to the security risk associated with mobile devices.

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Study Finds Pediatricians Steadily Favoring SMS Over Pagers, Yet HIPAA Fears Remain


Study Finds Pediatricians Steadily Favoring SMS Over Pagers, Yet HIPAA Fears Remain   text messaging in healthcare text messaging communication text messaging SMS in healthcare SMS communication sms protected health information PHI pediatricians HIPAA AAP The University of Kansas School of Medicine out of Wichita conducted an interesting study recently that asked physicians at pediatric hospitals what form of communication they prefer for “brief communication” while on the job.

Out of 106 physicians polled, 27 percent named texting their preferred method, compared to 23 percent that favored hospital-issued pagers and 21 percent that said face-to-face conversation.  Among the survey pool, 57 percent reported sending or receiving work-related text messages.  “We are using text messaging more and more to communicate with other physicians, residents and even to transfer a patient to a different unit,” lead investigator Dr. Stephanie Kuhlmann said in an AAP press release.  “The way that physicians are communicating appears to be shifting away from the traditional pager method.  Personally, I probably get 50 to 100 text messages during a shift,” she added.”

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mHIMSS: 5 FAQs on SMS Text Messaging Implementation in Healthcare


mHIMSS: 5 FAQs on SMS Text Messaging Implementation in Healthcare   SMS in healthcare SMS FAQs sms relevant messaging relevant healthcare messaging protected health information PHI mobileStorm AppMail mobileStorm mobile healthcare mobile health mHIMSS mHealth HIPAA Violations HIPAA healthcare messaging healthcare health With a lot of ambiguity surrounding how SMS can be properly implemented in healthcare messaging, the folks at mHIMSS have produced an excellent quick-reference guide that covers five frequently asked questions regarding the use of SMS in healthcare.

Covering everything from the technology needed to deploy SMS, to the many regulatory standards associated with SMS and the use of Short Codes, and even including “Personal Health Information (PHI)” within text messages, the doc provides an excellent reference point to those seeking more information on SMS in healthcare.

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