Simplify and Accelerate Compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Privacy Compliance for Protected Health Information (PHI)
In the past few years, there has been an uptick in cyberattacks that significantly impacted healthcare organizations. This has spurred deeper interest in more accurate and effective data discovery, data security, and privacy compliance best practices. Similar to other regulatory compliance laws, for HIPAA, the bottom-line is knowing the location of all HIPAA protected health information (PHI) across a hybrid IT ecosystem so that personal data can then be used effectively (e.g. analytics and cross border transfers) and protected in line with the legal obligations. The goal is to ensure that PHI does not get into the wrong hands, and in the case of a data breach, exposure should be limited through the implementation of data protection rules and technology measures such as masking or encryption/decryption. PHI is any personal or demographic information that can be used to identify a patient. Some examples include names, dates of birth, addresses, phone numbers, email or physical addresses, Social Security numbers, insurance ID numbers, health care records, and photos.
Automation and Monitoring to Prevent HIPAA Violations
Implementing effective and efficient data discovery, governance controls and ensuring PCI protection is more complicated than most organizations realize. Information security, technology and privacy compliance teams cannot afford errors when operationalizing their compliance programs. Automation is one-way Dataguise customers are increasing efficiency while lowing costs and risks associated with human error. Healthcare organizations can define their governance rules and access controls and set alerts as well as automatically discovering and classifying where PHI information resides on an ongoing basis. The compliance technology (including machine learning and AI) can help audit and flag anomalous behavior in people or systems against those rules. Automation and monitoring is also useful as these organizations are typically dealing with other privacy laws or requirements that can be managed in the same way, such as, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).
Comprehensive Coverage to Increase Efficiency and Reduce Risk
Whether a person calls into a customer services center, pays a bill online or has an x-ray taken in the emergency room, that PHI needs to be discoverable as part of the person’s identity and then protected in accordance with the law. HIPAA compliance requires a technology solution that covers multiple data platforms and repositories (on prem, cloud, applications, etc.) and supports the various data types; structured, unstructured, semi-structured – and continues to scale along with the growing IoT medical and smart systems entering the market. Dataguise has the most comprehensive coverage in the industry as it has been a work in progress since 2007.