By David Harlow, JD MPH – CMS has a communications problem. Together with the Joint Commission, CMS issued joint guidance on the use of SMS messaging for clinical communications just over a year ago.Read More
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By David Harlow – Over the past five years, the Joint Commission has frowned, smiled and again frowned upon the use of text messaging for transmitting patient care orders. The latest clarification …
By Kaitlyn Houseman – Text messaging is fully integrated into millions of people’s lives and is a convenient, less obtrusive alternative to the phone call. Many physicians wonder how to incorporate text message communication into their practices.
By Matt Patterson MD – In May, The Joint Commission announced that it was changing its five-year-old ban on texting, stating that effective immediately health care organizations may now allow orders to be transmitted via text message. The topic of ‘secure messaging’ has long been a polarizing topic within the health care industry.
By Jason Stanaland – Last year was the worst year in history for healthcare data breaches. According to the National Cybersecurity Institute, healthcare breaches surpassed 112 million records during 2015—100 times more than the previous year. Eight out of 10 of the largest hacks in 2015 were aimed directly at healthcare.
By Amit Gupta MD – Many primary care physicians no longer go to the hospital. Let’s pause for a moment to consider that. It felt like a relatively minor workflow shift as it was happening, but it has major implications for patient care.