eWeek: iPhone, Android App From Imprivata Enables Secure Texting in Health Care

By Brian T. Horowitz

Imprivata has introduced Cortext, a messaging application for the iPhone and Android that allows doctors to text with patients while complying with HIPAA confidentiality rules.

With personal privacy a constant worry, Imprivata has introduced a texting app for the iPhone and Android called Cortext to allow doctors to communicate with patients securely.  Imprivata is a health care IT company that offers access-management platforms featuring single-sign-on and fingerprint authentication.  Introduced on Oct. 9, Cortext will allow doctors to maintain compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Imprivata reported.  Concerns over HIPAA privacy regulations prompt many hospitals to discourage text messaging between doctors and patients, according to Imprivata.  Encryption, authentication, archiving and audit reporting will allow doctors using the app to conform to the HIPAA laws, according to Imprivata.  Imprivata has enrolled 82 hospitals in the Cortext app, the company reported.