HIPAA Compliant Text Messaging

Physicians who are members of the Allegheny County Medical Society

HIPAA Compliant Texting

can now text patient data legally using a HIPAA-compliant mobile application, DocBookMD. Designed by physicians for physicians, the smartphone application has enhanced communication among doctors resulting in better and faster care for patients.

Thousands of patients are getting answers faster thanks to more collaboration among physicians who use DocBookMD to send text messages, X-rays, EKGs, lab results and images. Certainly teens know the power of the text, and now our physicians members can use DocBookMD, a mobile application.

A HIPAA compliant messaging application, DocBookMD solves the ban on texting patient information recently imposed by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

Since July 2011, physicians who sent individually identifiable health information via a text were in violation of HIPAA regulations, a felony offense. Penalties include hefty fines of up to $50,000 or up to one year in jail or both.

“By enhancing the way we communicate, patient care improves significantly,” said Dr. Tim Gueramy, an orthopedic surgeon and co-founder of DocBookMD. “Doctors can get nearly instant access to colleagues for consultations and to collaborate on a myriad of patient concerns.”

Thanks to PMSLIC, DocBookMD is a free member benefit to physicians, it’s available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android phones.



To download the application, visit the App store on your smartphone and search for DocBookMD.  Contact the ACMS office at docbook@acms.org to request your membership number to activate your app.

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