May 20, 2013
Verizon has launched a new service designed to allow health care professionals to share clinical data securely through the cloud.
Medical records have been notoriously stuck in analog mode, and most health data is still transferred between providers by mail or by fax. This is largely due to the fact that medical facilities use legacy IT systems that never envisioned the need to communicate with each other. Another obstacle is the requirement under HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) that patient privacy be protected.
The Verizon offering, dubbed Secure Universal Messaging Services or SUMS, avoids these pitfalls by focusing on sending data rather than storing it. Health care providers receive an SMS message via phone or email when they receive a message through SUMS. Then they access the message through a browser-based service. Read more here.