Is Skype® HIPAA Compliant?

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Given the growing interest in video conferencing services for communicating with patients online, healthcare organizations often come to Bridge Patient Portal with questions about the use of Skype® for telemedicine, and whether the software meets HIPAA compliance standards. Though HIPAA doesn’t specifically mention the types of technologies that healthcare providers can use for video conferencing, […]

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How to Send Automated Medical Appointment Reminders Without Jeopardizing Patients’ Data Security

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Sending automated medical appointment reminders has been shown to decrease appointment “no shows” and has a potential to enhance the patient-provider relationship.  However, given the concern about data breaches, automated appointment reminders remain an underutilized feature of patient portals.  According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, appointment reminders are allowed under the […]

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Three Things About HIPAA That You Probably Didn’t Know

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More and more health organizations are implementing publicly-exposed web technologies containing Protected Health Information (PHI) which are subject to the laws of HIPAA. Common examples of such systems include Electronic Health Record (EHR), web portal, Patient Portal and mHealth solutions. When those systems become integrated, PHI must travel from one platform to the other – […]

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Understanding the Acronym Puzzle: What Health Professionals Need to Know About C-CDAs, CDAs, and CCDs

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For more than a decade, healthcare institutions have been using electronic health records (EHRs), as well as standardized templates for files containing medical information, in order to share data electronically.  By 2011, the number of physicians using EHR systems had grown to 57% – and since then, with the introduction of the federal government’s EHR […]

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Poor User Experience Driving Replacement Patient Portal Market

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It pays to keep patients happy, and many certified patient portal vendors just aren’t cutting it. While this is mostly the result of software vendors focusing solely on Meaningful Use/MACRA requirements, it also has to do with vendors not investing sufficient resources in research and development (R&D), and in simply making band-aid fixes instead of […]

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HIPAA and Healthcare Applications, Part 3 of 3: What You Need to Know About Data Transfer

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We’ve come to the final installment of our three-part series decoding the Security Rule section of HIPAA in connection with healthcare application development. This rule’s detailed guidance on the degree to which the transmission and storage of electronic protected health information (ePHI) must be kept safe makes it especially relevant to patient portal and mHealth […]

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Bridge Leverages HIPAA Compliant Technology for eConsultations

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With goods and services increasingly moving online – and with patients prioritizing other factors besides just quality care – it has become a necessity for healthcare organizations to start looking for new ways to improve the overall patient experience. Video consultations are one such solution, and they are gaining traction quickly in the healthcare space. […]

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8 Security Features You Need in a Patient Portal

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Secure patient portals have become a very effective tool for communicating with consumers and enhancing the level of patient care. They allow information to be accessed faster and easier than ever, yet it is important to remember that it is the responsibility of practices to ensure individual’s health information is private and secure.

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Tech Savvy Seniors are Redefining Healthcare IT

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Within the last decade, Information Technology (IT) has fundamentally changed the delivery of healthcare in the U.S., driven by patient demand, the growing number of health IT vendors, and programs created by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). One of the segments of the U.S. population that stands to benefit the most from […]

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Meaningful Use: A Comprehensive Guide – Part III: Frequently Asked Questions

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As Meaningful Use Stage 2 was recently finalized, it is imperative that eligible practices and hospitals are ready to attest consequently receive the financial incentives. In Part I and Part II of this Meaningful Use Guide article series, we gave an overview of some important dates and changes, as well as a comprehensive look at […]

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