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Comment & Response
October 10, 2017

Security of Text Messaging in Clinical Care

Author Affiliations
  • 1George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, Washington, DC
JAMA. 2017;318(14):1395. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.12947

To the Editor The Viewpoint1 on text messaging of protected health information suggested that texting may be permissible under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) if physicians use reasonable security measures such as message encryption, strong passwords, and deidentification. However, without regulatory change, texting of protected health information via traditional short message service (SMS) will remain noncompliant with HIPAA.