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February 2016

Best Practices for Secure Texting in Healthcare

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As healthcare providers and vendors seek information about how to safeguard personal health information (PHI), texting is one area that without question carries a great deal of risk. It's convenient, but unsecured texting of PHI opens healthcare organizations up to additional scrutiny, at best; at worst, lawsuits and fines.

In this handbook, experts explain how secure texting policies can enable convenience in healthcare organizations but still comply with HIPAA regulations. First, contributor David Weldon examines the role that corporate culture plays in stressing the importance of secure communications throughout the organization. Next, news and features writer Shaun Sutner offers tips from a lawyer on how to combat the dangers of unsecured texting of PHI in healthcare. Finally, contributor Reda Chouffani looks at data breaches in healthcare statistics from 2015 and provides insights into how you can protect your organization against breaches.

Table Of Contents

  • Cultural change -- not tech -- key to secure texting
  • Secure texting strategies for transmitting PHI
  • Lessons to learn from healthcare data breaches

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