HIPAA, Cyber Hacking and ePHI Security
By eFax Corporate
The Office of Civil Rights within the Department of Health and Human Services, which tracks patient data breaches, maintains a list on the OCR’s website detailing all breaches of patient medical records affecting more than 500 individuals. Analysis of HHS’s data suggests that in 2016, the healthcare industry has suffered four data breaches per week so far, while the private research firm IDC has estimated that one in three healthcare patients can expect to have their medical records and other ePHI breached by cybercriminals in 2016. Meanwhile, the fines for noncompliance in those cases are reaching new heights.
This white paper offers practical guidance on the steps that healthcare IT professionals can take to protect electronic protected health information (ePHI) based on the technical requirements of the HIPAA Security Rule, such as encrypting data that is in motion during transmission, and also while it is at rest when being stored. We will also look at how to avoid the common pitfalls of non-compliance by identifying places that ePHI can hide in your network. And finally, we will examine the risks that traditional faxing can pose and how a cloud-based solution can provide a safe and secure alternative that is both HIPAA compliant and cost-effective.