DrFirst Develops HIPAA Compliant Secure Chat App for Physicians with Thorn Technologies’ help

Thorn Technologies Assists in the Development of Akario Backline for Android

Rockville, Maryland-based DrFirst Inc. engaged Thorn Technologies to assist with the design and development of their HIPAA-compliant chat application Akario Backline, which is now available on Google Play.

Akario Backline is a feature-rich, secure texting application that is purpose-built for healthcare. Backline delivers a cutting-edge secure messaging platform that significantly improves productivity and patient outcomes while protecting private health information. With Backline healthcare practitioners can connect and share, quickly and reliably, no matter where they are. The result is better team collaboration, improved productivity, and better patient outcomes. Akario Backline is powered by DrFirst, a pioneer of trusted and innovative healthcare software solutions and services.


Key features include:

  • Patient-centered chat for care teams, created and updated through an ADT/HL7 interface with clinics’ EMR/EHR/HIS system
  • Secure text messaging to support HIPAA-compliant communications
  • Secure one-on-one or group chats
  • Online availability displayed
  • Push message notifications
  • Message status indicating read receipts, acknowledgements and timestamps
  • Ability to attach rich media, such as photos, lab results, audio or video files, up to 20MB

About DrFirst

DrFirst pioneers software solutions and services designed to optimize healthcare provider access to patient information, improve the doctor’s clinical view of the patient at the time of care, and enable more effective, efficient administration and collaboration across a patient’s circle of caregivers. Their growth is driven by a commitment to innovation and reliability across a wide array of service areas, including Medication History and e-Prescribing, Secure Messaging and Clinical Data Sharing, and Patient Behavioral Education and Medication Adherence. They have a track record of service to 40,000 providers and over 290+ EMR/EHR/HIS vendors nationwide.

About Thorn Technologies

Thorn Technologies LLC is a software development and consulting firm that specializes in building end-to-end mobile software solutions. We excel in delivering large-scale, enterprise mobile solutions as well as professional mobile websites and cutting-edge smartphone applications. Our work includes the development of location-based content management systems, data warehouse & analytics systems, real-time alerting and messaging systems, bulk SMS & MMS marketing platforms, and mobile applications and websites for Fortune 500 companies including Sprint, Nokia, H&R Block, & Caesars Palace. We also build mobile solutions to help small- and medium-sized businesses grow. With more than 20 years of combined mobile experience, Thorn Technologies is among the leading experts in mobile software development.

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