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We released our secure text messaging product last week and our secure messaging video is finally complete! In this video we exemplify the importance of secure messaging and the consequences associated with underestimating its relevance.

It has been a few months since the pMD team and Belljar first started brainstorming ideas for the video. We had many long discussions as to what we wanted it to look like, what we wanted it to sound like, and even what we wanted it to feel like. There was a lot of blood, sweat, and tears that went into this messaging video, but good tears, not bad ones.

Throughout our creation process, there were plenty of ideas that led to hours of meetings and edits. At one point in our process, we had a lengthy conversation about our character, Dr. Fast Thumbs’, interaction with his patient.

There were R-rated variations of the interaction showing the patient in a vulnerable position that made any woman and most men who saw it cringe. We decided that we needed to tone it a down and were presented with a new version. But with the new G-rated version, we barely saw the patient, and there wasn’t much context as to the “sensitive patient information” that was being shared by Dr. Fast Thumbs. After another discussion, we finalized the scene somewhere between a PG and PG-13 rating, showing the patient head on, but above the patient's knees.

Whether it was the style of background music or the actions of our characters, we broke down each others’ ideas and created a cohesive and comprehensive story that explains what secure messaging means for health care practices. Not everyone may understand the significance of secure messaging, but to people in the medical field, they either know how serious it is, or they will after watching our segment. By sending unencrypted messages, you open yourself up to the possibilities of fines, lawsuits, and even jail time.

We hope that our secure text messaging video helps the medical world understand why encryption and HIPAA compliance is important. Without further ado, enjoy the video!

One of the best parts about making a video is letting your creativity roam free. We worked with our amazing partners at Belljar to come up with the perfect script and accompanying graphics for our video.

If you have read our previous posts, you already know about secure messaging and why it’s important, so let me tell you about our story. Our video starts with a closeup of Dr. Mustachio. He’s working with a patient, performing an exam, and sending a message to a colleague using pMD Messaging. Shortly after, we cut to Dr. Fast Thumbs. Dr. Fast Thumbs is a physician, just like Dr. Mustachio, except he doesn’t use pMD Messaging. Instead, he uses unencrypted text messaging, and doesn’t realize the consequences associated with it.

Dr. Fast Thumb’s message gets intercepted, leaving his patient’s information in the wrong hands. HIPAA does not approve of his carelessness and he is forced to pay hefty fines and even serve up to 10 years in prison.

I want to highlight a few moments in creating our boards and script in order to give you a glimpse into our creative process. When we started thinking about how our video would work, our friends at Belljar mocked-up a few slides in order to get the look and feel just right. The slides are hand drawn in order to quickly and efficiently get an idea of how we were going to visually tell our story. I have included a few slides and pieces of the script below:


“Dr. Mustachio uses pMD Messaging to send and receive sensitive patient information in real time.”


“This is Dr. Fast Thumbs’ patient. She has a highly personal health matter she would prefer to keep private.”


“Unencrypted texts can have major consequences, Dr. Fast Thumbs.”

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into our secure messaging video. In next week’s post, we’ll let you have a listen to our script, read by myself and Adam Kenney.

How is it that we name things? Whether it be a new product or even a child, what goes into the process of naming it? When we started thinking about our new messaging application at pMD, we went through a rigorous naming expedition, constantly brainstorming, coming up with the most crazy as well as some of the most simple ideas. Our names ranged from Soteria, the Roman goddess of safety, all the way to Bleep. In total, we came up with over 120+ names, some of them thoughtful and ambitious, others droopy and just a little too spontaneous.

I picked out some of my favorites for your reading pleasure:

- Bleep
- Can't Text This
- Odin
- Howdy
- SuperTube
- Safety Pigeon
- Soteria
- Lock & Key
- Bona Note
- Bleat
- Cryptext
- Flow
- Happy Text
- Avocado

At the end of the day, we knew we wanted to keep the name simple, precise, and to the point. Unfortunately, none of the above names seemed to fit those criteria, but that didn't mean we'd stop trying.

At pMD, our users consist of mostly doctors. Interestingly, that doesn't mean that the people shopping around for pMD are always doctors, they could be practice administrators, staff, and sometimes even family. We wanted to make sure that our name meant something to anyone who came across it and that also lent itself to our brand and already popular pMD charge capture application. So, we kept it simple and precise, naming our secure messaging application, pMD Messaging. In doing so, we kept the pMD brand, the name recognition and understandability, and our sanity for another day until the likes of Safety Pigeon take over.