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UNIVAL Solution Facilitates Secure Messaging between Healthcare Professionals

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September 20, 2012

UNIVAL Solution Facilitates Secure Messaging between Healthcare Professionals

By Madhubanti Rudra, TMCnet Contributor

Healthcare practitioners need a fast, secure communication method for relaying sensitive patient data, but the commonest forms of online communication, such as email and live chat are not HIPAA-compliant. This calls for a solution that would support secure web-based clinical messaging and help save lives by allowing instant communication of vital patient information.

In an effort to allow authorized healthcare providers to securely share patient information online across networks, UNIVAL has come up with Secure Messaging software for health information service providers (HISP) and health information exchanges (HIEs).

Ann Arbor based UNIVAL has more than 20 years of healthcare information technology experience and delivers integrated technology solutions to some of the nation's largest healthcare organizations, insurance companies, disability insurance companies, medical providers, employers and healthcare consumers. UNIVAL's latest technology platform -- SentryDirect -- enables seamless, fast, two-way transfer of healthcare data in compliance with the Direct Project's secure communication protocols and addressing mechanisms.

UNIVAL's Secure Messaging software has been designed to enable providers to send and receive secure messages about a patient's care and access and/or download attachments, such as test results, reports and scans. It bridges the communication gap among providers who do not belong to the same network or health system, yet treat referred patients from various networks. Secure Messaging from UNIVAL offers practitioners, for the first time, a secure way to communicate online and view attached medical documents relating to referred patients.

UNIVAL's Secure Messaging is available as a hosted service or as a product.

The software is being offered to networks for free. The costs are being covered by advertising; the company reveled in a news statement.

“Our new software is a technological leap in enabling providers from different networks to communicate with each other online about a patient's care. The transport of patient information is critical to healthcare, which is why UNIVAL has built state-of-the-art encryption and end-to-end security into our product,” president of UNIVAL Michael Gallagher, explained in a statement.

“Secure Messaging is a robust extension of our original SentryDirect software, which supports connectivity between electronic health record systems (EHRs), HIEs and registries. As a modular unit, the software is designed to retain its value over time,” Gallagher added.

Few months back, UNIVAL announced SentryDirect-- a new modular technology platform that simplifies the authenticated, point-to-point electronic exchange of health information between electronic health record systems (EHRs), registries and health information exchanges (HIEs).

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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli

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