Secure text messaging for health data

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Wireless location-based services (LBS) provider SquareLoop has introduced a text messaging system to enable secure transmission of health data over public wireless networks. The text messaging system, which is a new feature on SquareLoop's Mobile Alert Network, complies with Health Insurance Portability and Accounting Act (HIPAA) regulations governing encryption of patients' electronic records and provides an application for secure mobile-originated text messages, giving the health care industry a unique data communications solution for its mobile workforce.

Wireless location-based services (LBS) provider SquareLoop has introduced a text messaging system to enable secure transmission of health data over public wireless networks.
 
The text messaging system, which is a new feature on SquareLoop's Mobile Alert Network, complies with Health Insurance Portability and Accounting Act (HIPAA) regulations governing encryption of patients' electronic records and provides an application for secure mobile-originated text messages, giving the health care industry a unique data communications solution for its mobile workforce.

It is of utmost importance to be certain that all patient information be held in the strictest confidence, and SquareLoop's fully encrypted system ensures just that. In addition, the system provides the ability to track messages from the time they are sent to when they are answered.  We are looking forward to employing this wonderful new technology on behalf of those we serve."

In addition to supporting encrypted text messaging, the SquareLoop solution offers a logging function that will enable health care administrators to ensure that standards of care are maintained. It also offers users contact lists, quick text functionality, special alert tones, and vibrating cadences and produces receipts to show that messages were delivered and read. SquareLoop's Mobile Alert Network with secure text messaging can be easily integrated into other systems or operate independently, and as a hosted service, it can be quickly and cost-effectively deployed.

"More and more people are using text messaging as a means of communication in their every day lives," said Tom Stroup, CEO of SquareLoop. "With our unique text messaging product, text messaging can become a valuable way for enterprises to communicate. The combination of secure messaging with other user-friendly features provides a strong foundation to support critical corporate communications in highly-regulated industries."

The SquareLoop secure text messaging system will be commercially available in June 2008 on Sprint Nextel wireless devices and on BlackBerries through all carriers.