SAFEGUARDING PATIENT DATA
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a cornerstone of regulatory compliance and cybersecurity that ensures healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies, medical equipment manufacturers, hospitals, and insurance providers will safeguard each patient’s private data.
Our HIPAA compliance services can help you establish procedures to protect against breaches targeting Protected Health Information (PHI), design and build compliant software tailored to your specific needs, and ensure your infrastructure is compliant.
BECOME HIPAA COMPLIANT
Compliance is based on four principles:
First, an organization must establish and adhere to cybersecurity policies, standards, and procedures. Administrative systems must be HIPAA compliant and all workforce members with access to protected data must be adequately trained, which may include lawyers, accountants, IT staff, and others.
Second, compliance requires vital physical and digital safeguards to protect PHI, such as a user authentication model that includes sufficiently strong, complex passwords and two-factor authentication.
Third, organizations must perform annual risk assessments that evaluate physical and digital safeguards.
Finally, any and all violations must be thoroughly investigated and fully remediated.
Importance of Compliance
// Meet regulatory standards and guidelines
// Ensure patient trust
// Reduce fraud and abuse
// Avoid costly penalties and fines
// Ensure clear boundaries
// Prevent leaks of PHI
HIPAA SECURITY RULE
The security rule requires three types of mandatory PHI safeguards:
Administrative safeguards: Organizations must document security management processes, assign security personnel, use an information access management system, provide security training to users, and regularly assess security protocols.
Physical safeguards: Organizations must restrict and control access to any and all workstations and devices that store or transmit any PHI.
Technical safeguards: Organizations must encrypt data whether at rest or in motion and must implement access controls, audit controls to ensure network compliance, and integrity controls to ensure data is never improperly altered or deleted.
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