Not to mention the expense and headaches of dealing with, managing, organizing and archiving huge volumes of e-mail.
The company's "Electronic Conversation" approach shifts e-mail to privileged, encrypted communication between authorized sender and authorized recipient -- and no one else. Like traditional e-mail, the message remains in a queue until read. Unlike traditional e-mail, the mail vanishes after reading.
The level of encryption satisfies HIPAA compliance requirements ( VaporStream notes that: "There is no HIPAA or other legal requirement for saving all communications!You don't have to keep everything"
VaporStream mail cannot be saved, cc'd, copied, forwarded or printed; message head and body are separated in transit; encryption and message reside in RAM.
Pricing for the service begins at $7.50 per month per customer, with enterprise-level pricing quotes available on request. A free trial is available (registration required).
Take a look at the service and let me know what you think. Like I said, I can't imagine divorce lawyers and tabloid scandal-hunters will be thrilled if VaporStream's approach catches on, and I can only imagine the potential for both abuses of the service and, potentially, official (on some level or other) insistence that disappearing e-mail "just isn't right."
It'll be fun to watch the developments -- and to see how much an impact vaporStream's approach has on our clotted e-mail queues.