As clinical communication and collaboration systems become an integral part of a healthcare team’s daily interaction, it’s natural for organizations to want to do more. Compliance and security are just a couple of the requirements that are first on the list. Now that clinical communication systems can integrate into existing hospital systems, it is common practice to share patient health information (PHI) in ways that may include a picture archiving and communication system (PACS), electronic health records (EHRs), and physician scheduling systems. With the rise in smartphone use by hospital staff and the increase in shared patient information, healthcare organizations are implementing new record management policies that require them to archive their secure text messages for a host of reasons.
Examples of why archiving your secure messages are so important:
With these reasons in mind, adding message archiving to your solution when deploying a clinical communication platform is a sound way to mitigate liability and resolve issues. TigerConnect Clinical Collaboration Platform – Standard recommends that clients use archiving services that include unlimited storage, robust functionality, ease of use, security, and privacy to meet industry regulations.
But services are just the beginning. It’s important to make sure all of your messages will be:
Additionally, your solution should not require hardware, software, ongoing maintenance, on-premises installation, and should include unlimited storage of electronic messaging. A true enterprise-grade compliance solution to your message archival requirements will allow you to focus on your core business and not be distracted with infrastructure hassles.
Be sure your archiving solution includes:
In the case of litigation, legal requests often stipulate a fixed time to gather and present information. Ideally, your message archiving platform should be cloud-based, leveraging geographically dispersed data centers to power archival functions for data ingestion, indexing, search, eDiscovery, and export. A robust message archiving system will use MapReduce style and parallel processing to search very large data sets in sub-second response times. This type of processing is only possible with cloud-compute CPU, which can scale up in real-time so that every search experience is quick and timely.
It may seem obvious, but security and privacy should be your top concern when choosing a message archiving platform. Data storage should meet rigorous Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS standards) and the guidelines set forth by the Cloud Security Alliance. All data should be secured via industry-standard encryption (Defense Department AES and SSL), with no shared encryption keys across customers. There should never be any co-mingling of archived data between customers. At the application layer, Secure Socket Layers (SSL) should be used to encrypt all communication between the web browser and the data center, along with a processing pipeline that ensures performance and data privacy between customer accounts.
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