A study sponsored by Imprivata, a healthcare security software and services company that makes secure communications software for the health care industry. While hospitals want to ensure privacy for all patients they are taking certain steps that are very costly.
In health care, a strict federal law ensuring patient privacy has hindered faster adoption of modern forms of communication. The law — the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA — restricts how a patient’s protected health information may be transmitted electronically.
Digital communication needs more security perhaps user identification, encryption, and an automatic log off.