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#1 of 2 Old 02-22-2012, 06:28 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I am studying for the nursing exam, and part of that is getting an understanding of HIPAA, especially patient records confidentiality.

 

From what I understand, Doctors, Nurses and Hospitals can send any patient information such as discharge or admission times, and certainly not any information about their medical issues, through a non-HIPAA compliant system.

 

Text messages between patient and doctors are a good example of this, since the data can be intercepted, or the information is stored on the phone and loosing the phone would be a breech of patient confidentiality.

 

Yet, I see it all the time in hospital and doctor’s offices, and I have received texts from doctors with confidential patient information.

 

As I was looking into this issue, I found that Tigertext.com provides a HIPAA compliant text messaging system that meets HIPAA rules, since the text messages self delete from the phone after they are read.

 

So, my questions are:

 

  1. What is the penalty for breeching patient confidentially by sending normal text messages?
  2. Tigertext cost $10 a month, which is very affordable, but should the hospital provide it to it’s staff, or should the doctors and nurses get it individually?
  3. Will a hospital be HIPAA compliant if it doesn’t provide it for it’s staff?

 

The HIPAA Security rules are here:

 

http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/srsummary.html

 

http://www.tigertext.com/business/healthcare/

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I bet these doctors who were fined $100k for texting patient info wished they were using something like this tigertext

 

http://www.hipaatext.com/100000-hipaa-fine-designed-to-send-message-to-small-physician-practices/

 

lt seems like this is a big problem, and you can bet that I will make sure my doctor isn't texting my info, unless he uses tigertext.

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