With the recent shift in everything traditional to everything digital, it is no surprise that even the medical field has begun to shift from a more traditional setting to a virtual medium. The explosion of secure messaging healthcare is just one example of the digital shift taking place in the medical field.
46 percent of American medical practitioners use electronic record keeping software, and this number is beginning to increase. The idea behind secure messaging healthcare is simple. It is a way for medical practitioners to communicate with their patients over a mobile device, including access to patient files and insurance information.
One of the most important areas of development within mobile medical technology is providing HIPAA compliant communication between physicians. Examples to threats to ePHI in a BYOD implementation include: Theft or loss of the mobile device; Improper disposal of the device; Interception of transmission of ePHI by an unauthorized person; lack of availability of ePHI to persons other than the mobile device user.
While this is a major threat, there are several benefits to using secure messaging healthcare and mobile healthcare apps, or secure text messaging. According to a study by the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund, Danish doctors reported, as early as the late 1990,s that they were saving an average of 30 minutes per day by prescribing drugs and ordering lab reports electronically.
While there are still some kinks to work out, it appears that the use of mobile health applications is on the rise, and could be a viable option to any patients who want to use it.