Messaging platform Slack reportedly eyeing up US healthcare sector

信息平台 Slack 2019年计划进军美国医疗行业

2019-02-08 06:41:05 digitalhealth


Messaging platform Slack is reportedly planning to move into the healthcare sector in the US. The company’s security page on its website has been updated to include a HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) compliance certification. Two unnamed sources told CNBC News that Slack is only HIPAA compliant for file uploads. However they added that HIPAA compliant for direct messaging could be expected in the coming months. According to CNBC News, Slack confirmed on social media that the enterprise version of its product, Slack Enterprise Grid, is HIPAA compliant and would not comment further. Back in the UK, messaging apps have proven instrumental in helping emergency responders communicate during large-scale incidents, including the Grenfell Tower disaster and the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester in 2017. WhatsApp also proved a key communication tool during last year’s WannaCry incident, allowing NHS staff to communicate after being locked out of computer systems. There have subsequently been calls to introduce a WhatsApp-like messaging service into the NHS. While there has been no word on this, NHS England did issue new guidelines in November 2018 for clinicians around the use of instant messaging apps during emergencies. This included setting out how and in which circumstances doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff can use messaging apps within acute care settings.
据报道,信息平台 Slack 计划进军美国的医疗行业。 该公司网站上的安全页面已更新,以包括 HIPAA (1996年健康保险便携性和责任法)合规认证。 两位未透露姓名的消息人士告诉 CNBC 新闻, Slack 只是符合 HIPAA 的文件上传。 然而,他们补充说, HIPAA 在未来几个月内有望满足直接报文传送的要求。 根据 CNBC 新闻, Slack 在社交媒体上确认其产品 Slack Enterprise Grid 的企业版符合 HIPAA 标准,不会发表进一步评论。 在英国,消息应用程序已被证明有助于帮助应急响应人员在大规模事件中进行沟通,包括2017年发生的 Grenfell Tower 灾难和伦敦和曼彻斯特的恐怖袭击。 WhatsApp 在去年的 WannaCry 事件中也被证明是一个关键的通信工具,它允许 NHS 员工在被排除在计算机系统之外后进行通信。 随后,有人呼吁将类似 WhatsApp 的消息服务引入 NHS 。 尽管没有任何关于这方面的消息, NHS 英格兰在2018年11月为临床医生发布了关于紧急情况下使用即时消息应用的新指南。 这包括说明医生、护士和其他医护人员如何以及在何种情况下可以在急性护理环境中使用消息应用程序。