Patient Portal Hosting for Security, Compliance and Development

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Most HIPAA compliant cloud hosting services don’t do a very good job of making considerations for the application or website they’re hosting. This creates a disconnect between developers and systems administrators, putting more pressure on the system administrators to customize the environment to support the software, which they likely don’t understand perfectly. This also creates […]

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Hospitals still failing to share medical records online

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A recent study conducted by researchers at Yale University found significant deficiencies among 83 of the nation’s largest hospitals and health systems in how they provide medical record access to their patient population. One might expect that this deficiency was limited to limitations with online medical record or patient portal access, but the study found […]

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Understanding the Move to Mobile and HIPAA

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According to a 2015 Statista study, approximately 81 percent of doctors use their smartphones for professional purposes. And the results of another study revealed that 64 percent percent of doctors surveyed use text messaging to send and receive patient data among colleagues, such as patient diagnoses, test results, and medical advice. There’s no question that […]

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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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