Doctors: A Skype a Day Gives Your Compliance Away
Cold Spring, NY, Sep 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) --
telepsychiatry are gaining government support for their ability
to cut costs and expand care. Online medical consultations help doctors see more patients in
a way that's efficient and convenient for both parties. But a
recent online article by Time magazine may have grossly simplified
the means by which doctors and healthcare organizations are
practicing telemedicine, claiming Skype may save the U.S. health
Here's the issue. The telemedicine success stories cited in the
September 16 article, Saving U.S. Health Care With Skype,
do not involve the use of Skype. That's actually good news,
according to CloudVisit Telemedicine, because Skype is not a
HIPAA-compliant telemedicine provider. There is some bad news,
"Doctors can easily be misled by articles that mean to say
'online video chat' but instead use the term Skype as a generic
verb," says Daniel Gilbert, president and CEO of CloudVisit
Telemedicine. "As a result they're carelessly positioning Skype a
viable healthcare delivery system and that's not the case."
Skype: Not Compliant, Not
In considering Skype for telemedicine, there are two distinct
problems. First, Skype is not HIPAA compliant. As far as the Health
Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is concerned,
encryption is simply not enough.
In order for a telemedicine company to be compliant as of
September 23, 2013, HIPAA requires them to enter into a Business
Associates Agreement (BAA) with each and every customer. In this
case, every doctor, healthcare provider, and healthcare
organization that intends to conduct online sessions with patients
via Skype must have a BAA with Skype.
According to Microsoft, owners of Skype, their BAA covers the
following products and services: Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Online and Windows Azure Core Services, but not Skype.
"It's simply not worth the risk," stresses Gilbert. "Why risk
your entire practice and professional reputation by knowingly
choosing a telemedicine provider that is not HIPAA compliant?
Especially when affordable, HIPAA-compliant options are readily
CloudVisit Telemedicine provides HIPAA-compliant
provider-to-patient connectivity for scheduling, conducting,
tracking, and invoicing online patient appointments. A BAA is part
of every client relationship at CloudVisit.
Skype's second deficit is infrastructure. When a friend or
colleague wants to jump online for a quick video chat, Skype fits
the bill. When a medical practice or healthcare organization wants
to schedule patient appointments, conduct secure video sessions,
record treatment notes, and invoice patients, Skype is functionally
CloudVisit Telemedicine is a full online medical practice,
complete with a custom website all telemedicine tools. Patients can
request appointments; doctors can confirm them, and billing is
automatically included. Online medical consultations with
CloudVisit save time and money without creating extra work for
providers and their support staff.
With CloudVisit, the health care community has a dependable,
user-friendly, and complete system for conducting HIPAA-compliant
telemedicine. Unlimited telemedicine that's affordable and secure,
now that's a health care hero.
CONTACT: CloudVisit Telemedicine
Daniel J. Gilbert, President and CEO
3182 Route 9, Suite 107A
Cold Spring, New York 10516
Phone: 1-888-503-3009, 1-914-591-7236
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