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HT4245 FaceTime encryption

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May 18, 2012 1:32 PM

I work in a health care organization in the field of telemedicine located in the midwest. As of late, iPads are being deployed to physicians for use in clinical settings for use with access to EMRs and additonal app resources for patient care. I am receiving an increased amount of inquires related to the use of FaceTime as method for telemedicine encounters. I am interested in learning what level of encryption is used for FaceTime. The level of ecryption is related to HIPAA compliance and would affect the use of FaceTime for clincal encounters. Could FaceTime be considered HIPAA compliant?

iPad 2, iOS 5.1.1
  • MessagingTech Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    May 18, 2012 1:43 PM (in response to jjpeoples)

    I'm not sure on the specifics of FaceTime or HIPAA but I would assume it would depend on the encryption of your WI-Fi connection.  FaceTime is a Wi-Fi only feature so it's only as secure as the Wi-Fi network on either end. 

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    May 18, 2012 1:57 PM (in response to jjpeoples)

    I assume it would be the same for WebEx or GoToMeeting that have iPad support/apps and use video conferencing.  If your organization allows the use of WebEx or another service, it might be worth looking into that as a corporate solution than FaceTime.  To go a step further you can create an iPhone configuration policy to block FaceTime if there are concerns over it and use only supported standards.  If both users are on the same network, I would think it would be secure enough, but I don't have any experience with HIPAA or health care laws. 

  • MessagingTech Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    May 21, 2012 8:07 AM (in response to jjpeoples)

    From my brief research the answer appears to be Yes, if you are using a WPA2 encrypted network.  However, I wouldn't think you can 100% guarentee compliance because the device is not certified as such and you cannot ensure that users are connected to the correct Wi-Fi or other what-if scenarios.

     

     

    http://www.tuaw.com/2011/09/21/facetime-calls-are-encrypted-hipaa-compliant/

  • adl2 Calculating status...
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    Aug 22, 2012 7:50 AM (in response to jjpeoples)

    Please call me for a secure solution for your business teleconferencing needs: 917-287-4802.

    Thanks! Donna

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