BY Stephen Cavey | 24 November 2020
Organizations in the healthcare industry face many challenges related to safeguarding patient data. Some of these challenges include the nature of the data collected, given that information can be extremely sensitive and have the potential to cause emotional distress for the patient if put in the wrong hands. Additionally, healthcare professionals are often not tied to one server, computer, or workstation. This is especially true given the new remote workforce and growth in telehealth.
In order to protect intimate patient health and payment information, it is critical to understand what the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is. HIPAA sets a standard for any entity that provides treatments or payment services to individuals to guarantee that electronic protected health information (ePHI) remains secure.
There are several rules that comprise HIPAA:
In order to protect sensitive patient information, organizations must include both physical and technical safeguards. One means of protection is physical barriers between the public and data. It’s important to know the environmental vulnerabilities your organization may have that could easily expose data or make it accessible to unnecessary people. Your organization should consider limiting access to facilities that house ePHI, which includes offices and workstations. Meeting with employees and discussing the responsibility they have to protect their devices and therefore their patient data can also enhance safeguards as we know ePHI does sometimes leave the office on employee devices.
It is impossible for a single HIPAA compliance officer or committee to audit all patient records and confirm that compliance is being met. That is why it is critical for healthcare organizations to also deploy security solutions like PII scanning tools to help discover, classify and protect sensitive data. Applying these safeguards are all data protection strategies that ensure the security and availability of PHI. These practices also help to maintain the trust between healthcare professionals and patients and meet HIPAA regulations.
Achieving healthcare compliance is no easy feat, which is why Ground Labs is trusted by top healthcare organizations to help them take a proactive approach to safeguarding their patients’ information. Enterprise Recon assists organizations in locating the variety of devices that have access to digital health information. Our solution also enables organizations to discover over 300 types of data, including healthcare IDs and insurance information.
Are you ready to start your journey to HIPAA compliance with Ground Labs? Schedule a demo with us today.
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