Happy New Year, everyone. Welcome back to Hacking Healthcare:
Hot Links –
- Texting at work: CMS recently released a letter clarifying its stance on texting within a clinical environment. Topline takeaways:
- “Texting patient information among members of the health care team is permissible if accomplished through a secure platform.
- Texting of patient orders is prohibited regardless of the platform utilized.
- Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) is the preferred method of order entry by a provider.”
You can find the letter here: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Downloads/Survey-and-Cert-Letter-18-10.pdf
- Our day (year) in court: 2018 will bring us a number of tech and security related legal matters. We have previously highlighted the biggest case involving a healthcare company – CareFirst’s petitioning of the Supreme Court to review the standard for demonstrating future damages due to a data breach. We are likely to hear later this month whether the court will hear that case (they extended a previous deadline). Some expect the court to pass on the case (See Alison Frankel’s piece). The impact of this decision will establish precedent for individuals seeking damages when personal data (including protected health information) is lost or exposed.
 On November 14: https://nhisac.org/were-taking-you-to-court/
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