Healthcare – HIPAA & HITECH Compliancy
Securing PHI and Complying with HITECH
The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) require healthcare organization’s to maintain the confidentiality of electronic health information that is linked to an individual patient (electronic Protected Health Information, or PHI).Penalties and criminal enforcement of the HIPAA Security Rules were made stronger via several provisions in The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act in 2009. The HIPAA Security Rules requires healthcare organization to adopt the appropriate safeguards to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of patients’ protected health information.
Encrypting PHI is an acknowledged best practice for complying with the requirements of the HIPAA Security Rule and providing cloud privacy. To assist physician practices, the American Medical Association (AMA) has made available its document, “HIPAA Security Rule: Frequently asked questions regarding encryption of personal health information.” This resource explains the importance of encrypting PHI and provides guidance on determining levels of data sensitivity and recommendations on encryption methods to consider.
PHI lives on healthcare provider networks in many places, including e-mail systems, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems, customer databases and practice management applications. Safeguards must be put in place to secure this sort of internal information, and data that is processed and stored on external networks – including cloud based systems. It’s important to understand where this data is stored on internal networks to ensure proper security. And encryption must be applied to all PHI information that leaves healthcare organization’s internal networks and travels outside of its firewalls.
Healthcare providers who use CertainSafe® are able to move to the CertainSafe® cloud and protect, store, as well as share PHI information in a HIPAA Compliant manor.
CertainSafe® delivers the strongest data control available. Data is shared only within authorized parties either within your network as well as outside your network. Integrated solutions are secured at the field-level, and controlled by user-defined MicroTokenization® and MicroEncryption® options.
Enterprises retain full control of sensitive data while audit controls remain in place and intact for easy use. Files are controlled with the same technology and permissioning systems. This platform is both comprehensive and robust, while there is no software to install.