The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 was signed into law to protect sensitive medical information. If you work in the health care industry or offer a service to it, you should make sure you understand the HIPAA requirements and take the necessary steps to ensure compliance.
HIPAA compliance and IT services
How we help with HIPAA compliance
We at SecureTech understand that IT and digital communications require special attention in the context of HIPAA compliance. That’s why we offer HIPAA-managing services designed to help you create a safe environment for storing and handling protected health information (PHI).
Our email encryption service is a valuable tool that supports communication between health care providers and vendors. Deploying that solution will help protect PHI in part by requiring authentication to open emails.
To guard against a data breach that could expose PHI, our endpoint security and network infrastructure-monitoring services can protect PCs and servers, filter traffic and provide real-time alerts.
Our IC Armor Security Suite is an add-on that includes multi-factor authentication and phishing protection. Health care providers and vendors can benefit from those tools since they create an additional layer of security against unauthorized network access.
Encryption is a crucial element of HIPAA compliance since it renders data useless if a user doesn’t have an encryption key. We can encrypt data stored on hard drives and in emails, and offer a secure backup-and-recovery solution. We can remotely wipe off a hard drive that is lost or stolen and help you meet the HIPAA guidelines’ backup and recovery requirements with our secure datacenter.
What being in compliance entails
To be in compliance, you must conduct an annual self-audit to look for gaps in processes and identify risks. You should develop a plan after conducting that audit to rank those risks and implement strategies continuously to improve PHI safety.
The scope of HIPAA compliance also covers training, policies, best practices and notifying patients when a data breach occurs.
The best way to ensure compliance is to create an ongoing program dedicated to assessing current practices and identifying ways to improve compliance.
HIPAA compliance process
Health care providers and organizations handling PHI should monitor breach risks, deploy strategies to prevent them and always look for new ways to improve security as threats evolve.
Digital records and IT are important components to monitor, but your HIPAA-compliance process should have a broader scope. Since there are risks associated with physical access to patient information, it’s important for providers and others to consider network security and control access to the data.
You should develop policies for using workstations and hardware, and establish rules for communicating and transferring PHI. We offer tools that can shape your HIPAA compliance process, including email encryption or multi-factor authentication.
We see ourselves as long-term partners who can help you improve your current HIPAA compliance process. Our HIPAA-managing services will help you create a secure network, control who has PHI access, provide physicians with a safe way of sharing patients’ records and provide you with an HIPAA-compliant way of backing up your data.