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HIPAA lets providers text patients, but is it secure?

Texting between doctors and patients is becoming increasingly common, but experts urge caution when it comes to security. While HIPAA guidelines permit the transfer of private health information through text, providers should limit the amount of information shared and ensure it is encrypted and password protected. The use of secure messaging systems is recommended for communication between clinicians. Patients should also be aware that information shared via text may need to be incorporated into their electronic health records. Education on the risks and best practices for secure texting is crucial for healthcare providers.

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