Dropbox and HIPAA compliance, TigerText introduces disruptive tech for doctors

Yesterday TigerText announced an API integration with Dropbox that now enables physicians to send documents in a secure fashion.

TigerText already has an app, called TigerTextPro, that enables medical professionals to message each other about their patients while adhering to HIPAA compliance.

Now, they have built in attachment functionality utilizing Dropbox. Physicians had been able to send documents using TigerText before, and this type of functionality isn’t new. Doximity, another popular mobile physician communication tool that we recently reviewed, has this feature as well.

TigerText’s integration with dropbox could potentially be a game changer for medical professionals. We published an article last year that showed why physicians love DropBox. Having the ability to store documents on DropBox that are HIPAA compliant was a feature I thought I’d never see.

Based on how the feature set has currently been described, Physicians should be able to send attachments within the TigerTextPro app utilizing DropBox. These documents would be stored in DropBox, and users would have the ability to place pre-set lifespans and have the ability to recall file attachments at any time.

Obviously, we need to await final details on the API integration before getting too excited, but one thing is for sure, this technology has the chance to be disruptive — HIPAA compliance in the cloud has never been easier.

Source: TigerText via TechCrunch


Iltifat Husain, MD

Founder, Editor-in-Chief of iMedicalApps.com. Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Mobile App curriculum at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is also the founder of iPrescribeApps, a platform for prescribing apps to patients. Dr. Husain has given lectures on digital medicine globally. He went to North Carolina State University for undergrad and went to medical school at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

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4 Responses to Dropbox and HIPAA compliance, TigerText introduces disruptive tech for doctors

  1. John July 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    Just because you can have self deleting files in DropBox doesn’t mean you’ve achieved HIPAA compliance, because of the way Dropbox syncs files across multiple connected devices your control over that file is potentially compromised.

    • Iltifat Husain, MD July 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

      Not really. If the file is still encrypted then it doesn’t really matter what type of device it’s on. The big thing isn’t the fact that you can pull the file back and delete remotely, but how the files are encrypted.

  2. Ganesh July 23, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    For how many days the app could able to archive the documents?

  3. ansleyheffner October 5, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    We have been using Tigertext for HIPAA compliance for sometime now. I was happy to see that they added the feature to Dropbox, and while not perfect, it does provide a level of HIPAA compliance since the file will auto delete – limiting it’s exposure in Dropbox.

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