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Verizon Wireless and WellPoint Team for Secure Wireless Video Conferencing Over LTE


A new partnership has been announced between Verizon Wireless and health plan provider WellPoint to enable secure, wireless video conferencing through Verizon’s 4G LTE network to members of WellPoint-affiliated health plans and their nurse care managers.

Using Verizon’s high-speed LTE network, nurse care managers and other clinicians can now communicate face-to-face with health-plan members via video consults on their mobile devices, offering timely healthcare guidance and making follow-up much easier and convenient than before.  The goal is the ease and convenience of mobile heath consultations will help consumers take a more active role in their healthcare.

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Diversinet Reaches New Security Milestone With its “MobiSecure” mHealth Platform


Diversinet, a provider of secure solutions for the mHealth industry, announced a new milestone in its quest to provide the highest level of security for transmitting sensitive healthcare information.

The company’s new milestone relates to an extensive security validation process for the “cryptographic modules” used by its platform.  The company’s use of cryptographic algorithms was already successfully validated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the United States.  Now, the Java cryptographic modules used in MobiSecure have been formally placed on a list for the Federal Information Processing Standards Publication (FIPS) 140-2, Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules, which specifies the requirements used to protect sensitive information.

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Diversinet Receives Patent for Storing Healthcare Data on Mobile Devices


It was announced today that Diversinet, who bills itself as a “leader in connected and protected mobile healthcare communication,” has been awarded a patent for its method for storing sensitive personal health information on mobile devices.

U.S. Patent # 8,051,297, “A Method for Binding a Security Element to a Mobile Device,” covers the security of information on smartphones and tablets, and prevents unauthorized access to sensitive data via an “Anti-Cloning Encryption” method.  This method prevents access to the information if it’s transferred to another mobile device and uses characteristics of a mobile device’s unique identity, such as its serial number, to create the encryption passkey.

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Washington Hospital Center Teams With AT&T on Secure Mobile App for Live Video Streams


It was announced today that Washington Hospital Center in Washington D.C. has teamed with AT&T to create what’s being called “CodeHeart,” a secure mobile application that provides real-time video and audio streams for use in critical care situations related to heart conditions, such as ambulances in transit.

The new app allows first responders to remotely initiate a real-time video/audio session with hospital cardiologists so they can instantly view a patient’s condition and ECGs, for example, or guide the first responder on interim treatment and prepare the hospital to provide appropriate care while the patient is en route to the emergency room.  The solution also provides physicians the ability to view vital signs and test results — like electrocardiograms (ECG) — captured through a real-time video feed.

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mobileStorm Launches the Latest Version of its HIPAA-Compliant, Cloud-based mHealth Communication Platform


mobileStorm today announced the launch of the latest version of its “mobileStorm for Healthcare” platform, a secure mobile messaging solution that allows HIPAA-compliant transmission of PHI (Protected Health Information) to members and patients via mobile devices.

The newest version of mobileStorm’s solution extends the ability to send messages from the previously available API integration to a SaaS based dashboard, designed from the ground up to manage member audiences, create and send healthcare communication as well as run powerful reports on their performance.  mobileStorm for Healthcare was originally launched in early 2011 as a platform that can “mobile-enable” systems by connecting to any CRM, database or electronic medical record repository via an API  (Application Programming Interface) and creating a secure message pipeline to a customizable inbox that can be placed within any smart phone app via an SDK.

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A Paradigm Shift in Healthcare: Why Hospitals Need to Become Amazing Marketers


On the mobileStorm company blog recently, CEO Jared Reitzin wrote an interesting opinion piece on why hospitals need to become amazing marketers — stemming from the many changes on the horizon  in terms of Medicare and within the healthcare industry in general.

For example, it’s been announced by the federal government that Medicare will begin cutting back payments to hospitals where high numbers of patients are readmitted, or to hospitals with higher-than-average costs for patient care.  What this means is that hospitals and healthcare organizations in general need to start taking steps to keep members healthier post-visit.  Doing so means influencing member behavior through the right messaging strategies, sent at the right time, to the right members.

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Apple Says FaceTime Can Become HIPAA-Compliant Through Proper Configuration


Apple’s FaceTime video calling functionality was one of the most popular features of the iPhone 4 and iPad 2, and could have far reaching implications in the healthcare industry — if it was secured and adhered to rigorous HIPAA standards that is.

That may be a reality, however, as Apple has stated that FaceTime can become fully HIPAA-compliant through proper configuration.  FaceTime sessions are already encrypted, and through a WPA2 Enterprise configuration, FaceTime video sessions can have the extra security safeguards that HIPAA requires for communication.

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