Like many professionals, physicians have been climbing aboard the social media juggernaut. But in this brave new world of “we’re all connected,” medical organizations face an increased risk of running afoul of HIPAA, FDA regulations, and other laws.
To mitigate this risk, OpenQ, a Charlottesville, Virginia-based company that focuses on the information technology needs of life sciences companies, has developed SafeGuard, designed to identify and address errant posts in real time.
“Think of SafeGuard as an anti-virus software,” said Otavio Freire, OpenQ’s co-founder and chief technology officer. “Certain types of communications have the ‘signature’ of, for example, a HIPAA or other confidential violation. The signature could be based on the language of the message or shared file, characteristics of the poster or follower, or other message qualities.”
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