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Healthcare Data Loss Prevention

PROTECT DATA AND COMPLY WITH  HIPAA / HITECH

The healthcare industry is challenged to incorporate greater security measures due to rigorous restrictions. In today’s medical practice, having quick access to patient’s medical information requires preserving data electronically. Securing sensitive data and restricting access to those who need to know is a must. So, healthcare organisations must have a Data Loss Prevention solution.

Preventing a healthcare data breach or exposure to PHI is difficult, and failing to protect personal patient data can result in millions of dollars in fines. Common examples are government agencies, medical schools, insurance companies and general hospitals. You must have a Data Loss Prevention solution on your list whether you are an IT security professional or the IT manager of a hospital, medical university, clinic or insurance company.

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HIPAA / HITECH Compliance

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a set of standards created to safeguard protected health information (PHI) by regulating healthcare providers. HIPAA was created in 1996 by the US Congress but it took the creation of a new act called HITECH (The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) to ensure its effectiveness, starting from February 2010.

With respect to the audits, some requirements may be subject to interpretation but from an IT department point of view, compliance means setup of processes and controls that ensure security and integrity of PHI.

The requirements are marked as either Required “R” or Addressable “A”. When it comes to the latest, the item must be completely implemented or the reason why it was not implemented must be documented.

As HIPAA / HITECH compliance also relates to aspects like employee trainings and physical access to the facilities (keys, access cards, tokens) data backup and disposal, Data Loss Prevention and Mobile Device Management solutions cannot solely ensure compliance.

Industry Regulations

Depending on your geographical location, some of the most important regulations that affect your organization are:

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH)
  • European Union Data Protection Directive (EUDPD)
  • The UK Data Protection Act
  • Japan’s Personal Information Protection Act
  • Korea’s Personal Information Protection Act

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