Survey: Text messaging in healthcare will soon make pagers obsolete

Text messaging will supplant paging in the healthcare industry within the next three years, according to a recently published survey of hospital IT decision makers by Lexington, Mass.-based IT security company Imprivata. Out of 114 decision-makers surveyed, 70 percent said they believe that as smartphones become more prevalent, pagers will go the way of the dinosaur. What's more, 65 percent of respondents said that texting will be used to communicate with patients within three years. Still, more than 95 percent of respondents indicated that such a shift increased worry over HIPAA compliance; 70 percent, though, indicated that they have policies prohibiting the transmission of patient health information via text messaging. Survey results (.pdf)