HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, sets the standard for protecting sensitive patient data. Any company that deals with protected health information (PHI) must ensure that all the required physical, network, and process security measures are in place and followed. A new article from eMazzanti Technologies entitled “Compliance Requirements You Need to Understand” spells out importance of protecting network data.
“Anyone dealing with Protected Health Information must have the proper computer and network data protection,” says
Any company that touches the healthcare industry in any way likely falls under HIPPA technology standards. This includes covered entities (CE), anyone who provides treatment, payment and operations in healthcare, and business associates (BA), anyone with access to patient information and provides support in treatment, payment or operations. Subcontractors, or business associates of business associates, must also be in compliance.
•Physical Safeguards include limited use and access to workstations and electronic media.
•Technical Safeguards include unique user IDs, emergency access procedures, automatic log-off and encryption/decryption.
•Audit Safeguards include reports or tracking logs must be implemented to keep records of activity on hardware and software.
•Technical Policies must also be in place to ensure that electronic Protected Health Information (PHI) hasn't been altered or destroyed.
•Network and Transmission Security (all methods of transmitting data i.e. email, Internet, or private clouds) must protect against unauthorized public access of PHI
Companies that may fall under HIPPA compliance standards should make sure its network and computers make the grade as penalties and fines can be significant. A qualified managed IT expert can help.
About eMazzanti Technologies
eMazzanti Technologies’ team of trained, certified experts provide 24x7 outsourced IT support to help ensure business productivity, address challenges of growth, cloud computing, mobility, critical business continuity and disaster recovery demands. The consultancy has special expertise in manufacturing, distribution, retail, financial, architectural, engineering, construction, government, educational, legal services, accounting, marketing communications, and healthcare market segments, while maintaining high customer satisfaction levels. Flexible support plans range from fixed-fee, around-the-clock network management where eMazzanti functions as an extension of a businesses’ IT staff to a custom-solution provided on an as-needed basis. eMazzanti serves the
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