The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) sets the standard for sensitive patient data protection. Companies that deal with protected health information (PHI) must have physical, network, and process security measures in place and follow them to ensure HIPAA Compliance. Covered entities (anyone providing treatment, payment, and operations in healthcare) and business associates (anyone who has access to patient information and provides support in treatment, payment, or operations) must meet HIPAA Compliance.
DATA PROTECTION FOR HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS AND MEETING HIPAA COMPLIANCE
The need for data security has grown with the increase in the use and sharing of electronic patient data. Today, high-quality care requires healthcare organizations to meet this accelerated demand for data while complying with HIPAA regulations and protecting PHI. Having a data protection strategy in place allows healthcare organizations to:
Ensure the security and availability of PHI to maintain the trust of practitioners and patients
Meet HIPAA and HITECH regulations for access, audit, integrity controls, data transmission, and device security
Maintain greater visibility and control of sensitive data throughout the organization