Healthcare Cloud Comfort with RightFax Connect

Healthcare IT professionals used to look at cloud-based applications with trepidation. While cloud technology roared in other industries, healthcare executives feared that transmission of data outside of internal systems would mark a breach in security of PHI. However healthcare organizations have been looking to the cloud in increasing numbers as evidenced by Cerner owning 10% of the EMR market-share. While Ken Congdon of Healthcare Technology Online indicates that this might be due to budget limitations and meaningful use requirements, one cannot argue that the cloud is here to stay in healthcare.

RightFax Connect combines features of RightFax with ease and cost of the cloud

Applications such as Cerner have gained widespread acceptance within the industry due to the cloud’s provision of fluidity of data necessary for the information exchange critical to meaningful use. RightFax Connect is one such cloud-based application that provides healthcare organizations with a cost-effective and easy to manage healthcare information exchange tool. RightFax Connect combines the best-of-breed functionalities, stability and security of RightFax with the ease and and access granted by cloud-technologies. RightFax Connect provides healthcare organizations with a fully-HIPAA compliant document distribution solution, at a fraction of the cost of traditional, in-house RightFax servers.

Rise in Consumer Demands May Have Profound Effect on EMR Development

EMR development

The emergence of meaningful use mandates and the development of the electronic medical record markets have given rise to newly developed patient care expectations. The immediacy and ease of access to data has increased patient participation in their own care management and has sparked a growing demand in patient participation in self-care. A recent study has shown that while only a third of US consumers currently have full-access to their patient health information, more than eighty-four percent would like all of that data readily available for personal evaluation.



The growing demand for full-access to personal health information can only mean that new expectations and demands for personal care have emerged that may have a profound effect on the course of future EMR development. Kaveh Safavi, MD has already described such an effect on patient-provider relationships to Healthcare IT News : “Just as consumers can self-manage most other aspects of their lives, they expect to take greater ownership of their medical care, and they are willing to switch to doctors who share their values and are willing to provide access to consumer records.” With the rise in patient expectations, may we see a shift in developing EMR platforms that reflect consumer demand?

RightFax for Secure Health Information Exchange

An increasing trend in Healthcare IT seen by HIT professionals across the industry has been an emphasis on document security. While the HITECH Act of 2009 made strides to strengthen the security of Patient Health Information (PHI), patient records and information remain susceptible to breaches of confidentiality. Distribution of patient health information between providers, pharmacies, and insurers in no different. Today, fax remains the low common denominator when it comes to document and information exchange. Yet traditional fax is inherently flawed when addressing information exchange because there is no way to designate or specify who is handling patient information after the fax is printed on the fax machine.

RightFax for HIE solution

RightFax fax server technology is specifically designed to maintain the highest levels of document security. RightFax helps healthcare organizations securely send and receive faxes while securing PHI to those that should see this information, eliminating unauthorized viewing of PHI. RightFax is the market-leading fax server technology solution world-wide because it couples the security of traditional fax (fax is inherently secure, and a fax is not going to be intercepted by a hacker) with a high degree of auditability. Organizations who use RightFax with Epic, NextGen, Cerner, or other healthcare IT applications are able to realize:

  • Full Control of RightFax User Permissions: RightFax Administrators grant users specific permissions, effectively controlling access to PHI, and determining who can see which fax queues, and what they are able to view (in example, viewing the first page only instead of the entire fax)
  • EMR / EHR Integrations: RightFax provides rock solid integrations with organization’s health record management applications, eliminating the need to print paper documents which would otherwise be easily misplaced or lost
  • Certified Delivery Options: RightFax sends and receives faxes, and also securely send documents and files in their native format (PDF, Word, database, etc). The sender would then receive a notification indicating that the file has been viewed, printed, or downloaded by the recipient
  • Audit Capabilities: Centralized, comprehensive, and electronic audit trails of all sent and received faxes, SMS messages, and Certified Document Delivery

Deploying RightFax is perhaps one of the easiest ways to increase fax document security for organizations. RightFax allows for full control of PHI that is sent or received via fax, SMS, or RightFax’s Certified Delivery Options. Organizations can add a high degree of security over who can see the content of sent and received faxes, or who can annotate and delete a fax message. Organizations with RightFax can be assured that received faxes containing PHI will always be delivered to the intended recipient, every time. Eliminating fax machines and migrating to RightFax reduces the worry around securing PHI, improving HIPAA compliance, all while strengthening the patient-provider-payer relationship.