HIPAA Compliant Texting App for Desktops Launched by TigerText

TigerText, the largest supplier of secure text messaging solutions, has revealed the its latest initiative, TigerText Anywhere: A HIPAA compliant secure texting app for desktop computing.

TigerText’s HIPAA compliant text message platform has already been a great success. To date, more than 250,000 healthcare workers have adopted the secure messaging platform. The company now counts 80% of the main for-profit healthcare systems in the United States among its clients.

TigerText co-founder and CEO, Brad Brooks stated: “TigerText has reached the scale necessary to truly improve the quality of care our healthcare customers deliver, while at the same time reducing the costs to do so”.

The potential cost savings from using the HIPAA compliant secure texting app are quite significant, as Brooks explains: “By connecting electronic health records, critical alerts, real time shift data, and other essential components of patient care and productivity, we think that secure, real-time messaging could save the healthcare industry $30-$50 billion a year.

The HIPAA compliant secure texting app includes full encryption, allowing secure and safe, real-time messages to be broadcast without the danger of data being intercepted. Robust authentication measures also ensure only the intended recipient is able to view messages. Users of the secure texting app can now send real-time messages containing Protected Health Information (PHI) without the risk of a HIPAA violation.

However, one of the main problems with secure messaging solutions for healthcare providers is the fact that they must use Smartphones or tablets. The majority of healthcare providers permit the use of these devices in the workplace, and either provide their physicians with devices or allow them to use their own under a BYOD scheme. Nurses are also allowed to participate in some BYOD schemes, but many healthcare providers deny the use of Smartphones and tablets to physicians. They have not extended their BYOD policies to include other healthcare staff.

Laboratory staff are also not given permission to participate in many BYOD schemes, and portable devices are not provided to them by their employers. This restricts the usefulness of the secure messaging platform. The development TigerText Anywhere has solved this problem.

TigerText Anywhere was developed with these workers being considered. It extends the usefulness of the secure messaging platform and permits all members of the care team to communicate securely, regardless of the devices they have available to them.

TigerText Anywhere works on mobile phones (Android and iOS), on tablets, and desktop computers running Windows or OS X. The platform is also available on the Apple Watch, incorporating speech to text functionality. In fact, secure messages can be broadcast to anyone with Web access. TigerText Anywhere can be used to communicate securely with non-TigerText account holders. All that is needed is an email address or mobile number.

Brooks added: “Our scale has further unlocked enormous opportunity for TigerConnect as many of our customers look to incorporate our TigerConnect iOS, Android and JavaScript SDKs into their applications as well.”