Are App-based Platforms Safe for Communicating Patient Health Information?

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Klaudiusz Stoklosa
Roberto V P Ribeiro
Alun Ackery
Bobby Yanagawa




  • All communication platforms, including fax machines, hospital pagers, and encrypted email servers have security concerns.

  • App-based messaging applications, such as WhatsApp, are convenient and can provide security that compares favourably with traditionally preferred communication modalities particularly when application-specific precautionary features are utilized.

  • Our professional medical societies should formulate and implement a medical telecommunication vision for the future that includes the use of App-based platforms.