Advancement in technology has brought about such a great shift in the normalcy of events. Medical organizations all over the state and globally especially those that are HIPAA compliant have sought to embrace the newness of the technology, especially in the communications sector. However, this at times has not occurred well with them. The embrace of cell phone messaging within the medical institutions has come with its setbacks that have left physicians contemplating going back to the same old ways of communication. Keeping in mind the fact that whatever is being communicated within a hospital by physicians got to do with the patients and their details. Factors like the nature of their disease, medical records, and history are as well captured in those details. How intense, therefore, is the issue of privacy given the weight they should carry about with? How physicians who are texting about the medical details of an individual do assure that the messages gets to the right person and is not read by another person not liable for the same? How sure the physicians that the messages stored in their cell does not get an external access and let loose the vital information about one’s health? Several questions come along with this technology, especially in HIPAA compliant health organization.
Problems that comes along with messaging in health institutions
The most common problem that surface when the issue of messaging in such institutions is mentioned is the factor of privacy. Just how private are my details as a patient given weight as far as personal privacy is concerned? Very low weight is laid on this issue. The fact that cell phone messaging can be hacked can lead to the information being accessed by wrong individuals and the issue of privacy is gone public. The fact that the physicians can easily forget their cell phones in the office or at home can lead to leakage of information.
The second issue, of course, is the factor of the economy. Keeping in mind that these messages sent are not sent for free, the issue of too much indulgence into monetary accounts is also a factor to worry about. Research have stated that physicians especially nurses spent an average sixty minutes on the phone every work day communicating to other physicians within the institution. What is the mathematics behind several nurses doing the same on several other institutions all over the state per month or even a year? It is an enormously big deal of money spent. Compared to online-based communication, this one is more expensive. That is an issue worth consideration as well.