The doctorpal Application is password/PIN protected. The data on the iDevice cannot be accessed unless the PIN is entered correctly. When the phone returnsto standby mode (default 1 min), the App is not accessible without re-entering the PIN. Moreover, we recommend locking the iDevice with a master PIN that isdifferent than the one used to access the App.
We use a highly sophisticated encryption of data as it resides on the iDevice and utilized upon data transfer electronically. Data cannot be intercepted or readby anyone but the designated recipient, who will need to be provided an unlock password for data access. This password is generated by the sender and canbe communicated to the recipient by means other than electronically.
With data transmitted from the doctorpal WebApp Portal to any iDevice, we use what we call "Throw Away Encryption" - this means we create a randomencryption key, encrypt the data, and send the recipient the key to download on their iDevice. When using the sharing feature, if your key matches the key ofsomeone else, your data will be revealed to one another. This and only this key can decrypt the data (which is stored on the server for a limited time). Upondata decryption once (you only get one download) or 72 hours has passed, ALL data beyond this time limit is irrecoverably purged. None of our administratorscan even access any of this information. Our site, portal, and servers use Starter SSL (TM) connections, satisfying HIPAA regulation. Data decryption requiresuse of the doctorpal Application and is otherwise impossible to access.
The data contained within the typical doctorpal record calls for the minimum information required to generate a super-bill, not a medical record. Charges arethen sent via secure encrypted, zipped and PIN protected email to your billing staff. Doctorpal is not an EMR and therefore not intended for the storage of datadetailing history and physical findings.
Remote Data purging of a lost iDevice is a service provided by Apple within the MobileMe platform.
Secure data backup and restore is also done via encryption and protected by the native anti-virus and anti-spyware software on the user's personal computervia the iTunes and/or SyncDocs platforms.
As far as the safety of the data on the iDevice, devices should be using iOS 4.0 and greater and a password lock screen - this combination allows for the entiredevice to be secure, ensuring that even in the event of a lost iPhone the client data is securely encrypted and cannot be obtained.
HIPAA "Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act" is a doctor/patient privacy law that confines the doctor/patient confidentiality from public use.