Since prenatal care shifts into postnatal care and pediatrics, patients are likely to continue seeing the same healthcare provider (or providers) for years to come – so the need to improve doctor-patient communication is paramount in order to ensure quality of care and patient retention.
In today’s digital age, patients and their families want to have greater engagement with their care providers in a way that better closes the communication gap. When individuals are dealing with health care needs that are communicated through various channels, there are often large gaps between healthcare professionals, patients and their families. A gap in communication can not only harm the health and care services of the patient, but can also result in stress and frustration for their family and care providers.
Gartner, Inc. has mentioned us this year in the “Where Are They Now” section of its annual its Cool Vendors in Healthcare Providers, recognizing vendors for identifying innovative, impactful advancements within healthcare as well as big data processing and new security approaches to protect the data.
In its latest update, The Joint Commission banned the use of secure text messaging for patient care orders due to concerns over privacy and security. The decision was a curious one, since it came just a few months after announcing an end to the very same ban. Though its concerns are certainly warranted, as healthcare is the most targeted sector for cyber-attacks, The Joint Commission’s latest assertions against secure text orders are, quick frankly, unsubstantiated. In fact, modern secure messaging platforms not only address the issues raised by The Joint Commission, but can also serve to improve a hospital’s security, efficiency and compliance.
The healthcare industry, by nature, demands a high level of privacy and compliance, but it also demands quick communication between care providers to ensure best-in-class patient care. Therefore, many healthcare providers are turning to mobile devices to enable faster, more efficient communications. “Today, short mobile communication methods like text is getting immediate response and better read rates, facilitating a new way of doing business,” said Galina Datskovsky, CEO of Vaporstream. But what happens to information and images that are texted and left on these personal devices? How do you maintain privacy, security or compliance?