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#1 of 2 Old 02-22-2012, 07:28 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 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:

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#2 of 2 Old 07-11-2012, 11:07 PM
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I bet these doctors who were fined $100k for texting patient info wished they were using something like this tigertext


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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