HIPAA-HITECH Security Rule: Non-Stop Compliance and Continuous Breach Detection is Prescribed
Our medical, health and personal information should remain private.
While the principle of Doctor-Patient confidentiality has always been regarded as sacrosanct, the electronic age has inevitably led to greater ease of access to all information, including confidential patient details a.k.a. electronic protected health information.
This whitepaper discusses the legislated protective measures of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and how best to implement and automate compliance.
Do you need to take HIPAA seriously?
HIPAA and the subsequent HITECH acts were introduced to provide some legislated rules and muscle to ensure that personal medical details remain private. Naturally, the primary concern is with policing access to patient data within hospital facilities, making sure that health care system-users are provided with ‘least privilege’ rights, and that systems are managed in such a way that security vulnerabilities are mitigated and would-be hackers are kept out.