ANN ARBOR, MI--(Marketwire - Sep 19, 2012) - UNIVAL, an innovative leader in healthcare software and data services, unveils free Secure Messaging software that allows authorized healthcare providers to securely share patient information online across networks.
UNIVAL's Secure Messaging software is a major industry advance that enables providers to send and receive secure messages about a patient's care and access and/or download attachments, such as test results, reports and scans. The software meets and exceeds the Direct Project specifications. The software is being offered to networks for free, with costs paid by advertising.
Because standard e-mail, instant messaging and other forms of online communication are not HIPAA-compliant methods, healthcare practitioners need a fast, secure communication method for relaying sensitive patient data. Secure web-based clinical messaging can save lives by allowing instant communication of vital patient information.
The Secure Messaging software represents the leading edge of communication for health information service providers (HISP) and health information exchanges (HIEs). UNIVAL's platform bridges the communication gap among providers who do not belong to the same network or health system, yet treat referred patients from various networks. Secure Messaging from UNIVAL offers practitioners, for the first time, a secure way to communicate online and view attached medical documents relating to referred patients.
"Our new software is a technological leap in enabling providers from different networks to communicate with each other online about a patient's care," said Michael Gallagher, president of UNIVAL. "The transport of patient information is critical to healthcare, which is why UNIVAL has built state-of-the-art encryption and end-to-end security into our product."
The free Secure Messaging software package can be used by hospital networks, healthcare systems, and any state, regional or community HIEs. UNIVAL's Secure Messaging is available as a hosted service or as a product.
UNIVAL's Secure Messaging includes customized configuration, training and help desk support. The service can be up and running within days.
"Secure Messaging is a robust extension of our original SentryDirect software, which supports connectivity between electronic health record systems (EHRs), HIEs and registries," said Gallagher. "As a modular unit, the software is designed to retain its value over time."
Companies or provider networks interested in seeing a demo of UNIVAL's Free Secure Messaging system should contact Marketing at firstname.lastname@example.org; (800) 332-4463 or visit www.unival-med.com.
About UNIVAL, Inc.
With more than 20 years of healthcare information technology experience, UNIVAL delivers integrated technology solutions to some of the nation's largest healthcare organizations, insurance companies, disability insurance companies, medical providers, employers and healthcare consumers. UNIVAL's latest technology platform -- SentryDirect -- enables seamless, fast, two-way transfer of healthcare data in compliance with the Direct Project's secure communication protocols and addressing mechanisms. UNIVAL is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. For more information, call (800) 332-4463 or visit http://www.unival-med.com.