Protecting Private Health Information Under HIPAA
To guarantee that hospitals and other healthcare providers can continue to provide sufficient care to their patients and keep private health information both confidential and safe, all healthcare providers in the US are required to comply with HIPAA, the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
HIPAA stipulates that all organizations in the healthcare sector must implement strict privacy and security measures to safeguard private health information of patients. Considering the complex organizational structure at most healthcare facilities, maintaining control of who has access to patient information can put a huge strain on IT staff, who have to manage hundreds of user accounts across numerous medical departments as well as administrative and custodial staff.
Finding ways to standardize and automate processes is therefore key to achieving HIPAA compliance and protecting private health information against cyberattacks.